For 12 years, Israel has maintained a blockade over the Gaza Strip, seeking to weaken the territory's militant Hamas rulers. And for 12 years, Hamas has remained firmly in power, developing a thriving homegrown weapons industry along the way.
The impoverished Gaza Strip has long been under strict Israeli border controls, including tight restrictions on anything that might be considered "dual use" and potentially put toward the production of weapons.
This month marks the 40th anniversary of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem to meet directly with Israel's leadership. A week and a half after announcing his willingness to travel to Israel to make peace.