Back in Gaza, Khre Ajjor prefers not to talk politics, but says he wishes the economics of peace would take hold.
Ajjor owns a furniture factory within eyeshot of the Gaza-Israel border and can point out the gate through which not too long ago his products were shipped to Israel.
Now Israel won't allow it and the border industrial park is a wasteland. Once home to about 100 factories and warehouses, locals say it now just has five in daily operation. To pass through is to see mostly abandoned or shuttered buildings in a bleak no-man's land under the watchful gaze of Israeli surveillance balloons.
Ajjor once operated in three buildings; he rents two now to the United Nations.
Ask Ajjor if he blames Israel, and he notes that he speaks fluent Hebrew, and shows CNN company stationery in Hebrew, to make it easier to do business with his former Israeli customers.
Sure, he says Israel shares responsibility. But he says Hamas does, too. And the Palestinian Authority.
He had 150 workers before Hamas came to power in Gaza; just 20 now.
The price, he says, of mistrust and hate.