According to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cable sent to Washington from the American embassy in Tel Aviv in late 2008, Israeli officials told American diplomats "on multiple occasions that they intend to keep the Gazan economy on the brink of collapse without quite pushing it over the edge."
The cable, headlined, "Cashless in Gaza
," was published on the Web site of the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten on Wednesday. Aftenposten announced recently that it now has access to the entire trove of 250,000 leaked communiques obtained WikiLeaks. The cable also delves into some of the more complex financial aspects of Israel's embargo of Gaza, including the fact that Israeli shekel continued to be used as the currency of the territory, even after it was taken over by the Islamist Hamas movement.