A senior officer in the Israeli army, Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, recommended changing the policy of the security blockade on Gaza, as well as studying the possibility of opening the Strip’s crossings on a wide scale.
According to Haaretz, this proposal would allow Israel to relocate thousands of Palestinians from Gaza, through Eilets crossing or via Allenby bridge into Jordan. Karani and Karem Abu Salam crossings would also open for the transfer of goods, as well as to allow Palestinian workers to find employment in the areas surrounding the Strip.
Haaretz said today that a number of senior military and security officials believe that such measures would contribute to a lasting peace along the borders of Gaza and would lighten international pressure on Israel.
Israel has been blockading Gaza and its 1.8 million residents in what has been called the ‘largest open-air prison in the world’ since 2007, when Hamas won the elections and took control of the Strip.