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August 8, 2017 12:28 pm

To Encourage Investment, Gaza Entry Restrictions for Israeli Arabs Eased

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The Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza Strip border. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced on Monday it will grant some Israeli Arabs from eastern Jerusalem special permission to enter the Gaza Strip for the purpose of encouraging investment in the territory.

COGAT — the Israeli body responsible for implementing the government’s civilian policy in Gaza and the West Bank — said, “Businessmen and others who want to help improve economy, infrastructures, and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip will be allowed to visit Gaza.”

The announcement marks an easing of Israeli policy on the Hamas-ruled territory. According to Palestinian media reports, the initiative is intended to improve the economic and humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Under the program, those wishing to enter Gaza will be required to apply with COGAT ahead of visiting, and groups of up to 150 people at a time will be allowed to enter the territory.

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  • Phil Lesh Fan

    I have long wondered about the scenario you so accurately posted. It is suicidal and yet Israel continues to enable those who seek her destruction.

    The same holds true with the PA. In the last few weeks, Israel gave them a new power plant and a huge increase in available water. In return, Israel gets death from the PA terrorists.

    We Jews are an odd bunch.

  • Phil Lesh Fan

    “Businessmen and others who want to help improve economy,
    infrastructures, and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip will be
    allowed to visit Gaza.”

    I wonder two things about the above:

    #1 – How will Hamas react to people wanting to improve the lives of the Gaza residents, when Hamas itself is not active in those areas.

    #2 – How will Israel see to it that any materials entering Gaza – for infrastructure in particular – will not be taken by Hamas and used for their Islamic terrorist activities.

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