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Israel general calls to improve economic situation in Gaza to avoid war

A Gazan boy walks with his younger sibling through their poverty stricken neighbourhood in Gaza on 4 September 2013 [Ezz Zanoon/Apaimages]
A Gazan boy walks with his younger sibling through their poverty stricken neighbourhood in Gaza on 4 September 2013 [Ezz Zanoon/Apaimages]

The Coordinator of the Israeli Government Activities in the Territories, Major General Yoav Mordechai, has called to improve the economic situation in Gaza Strip to avoid future escalations.

Israeli media reported Mordechai as saying that the continuous deterioration of the situation in Gaza would accelerate the risk of escalation between Israel and Hamas.

“I therefore recommend that Israel supports a large-scale process that will improve the living conditions of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip,” he said.

“The continuation of the current situation in Gaza will make Hamas more extreme, and regardless of the debate over Israel’s interest in which party controls the Gaza Strip, if no real efforts are made to change the situation, we could reach a situation where the most extreme people in Hamas have the greatest chance in the future to win the authority there.”

“We must take into account security and economic arrangements to improve the lives of Gaza residents while preventing the development of Hamas’ military wing and solving the problem of the missing Israelis in the Gaza Strip,” he added.

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