There is a debate among international law experts about whether Israel is an occupying power in Gaza. If not, then it has no obligation to supply water and electricity. If yes then it has affirmative duties toward the population. The central fact to me is that Israel's restrictions on Gaza, and perhaps Egypt's! are acts of war which justify resistance by force. The Palestinian dilemma is that neither non-violent nor violent intifada seems to work. - gwc
‘Ending the siege is not a Hamas demand – it is a Palestinian one’ | +972 Magazine:
Ending the siege is not a “Hamas demand.” It is the people’s demand. Gaza is still under occupation—it is an open jail. Israel always says, “We withdrew, we gave them land to control…” I am always shocked when I hear this line repeated by someone on CNN. The borders are completely controlled by Israel, the sea is completely controlled by Israel. The airspace is completely controlled by Israel. The crossings are completely controlled by Israel, aside from one crossing, controlled by Egypt—and this is now closed as well.