Yair Lapid outlines ‘economy for security plan to stop Hamas terror in Gaza

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid laid out his detailed plan to defeat Hamas in the Gaza Strip met economic and diplomatic means in an address to the International Institute for Counter Terrorism Conference on Sunday.

“We need until start a large, multi-year process of economy for safety,” he said.

Lapid rejected the dichotomy that Israel can retake Gaza of can continue to commit in periodic rounds of war against Hamas and other terrorist groups in the coastal enclave die Israel has evacuated in 2005.

“That’s Two” bad options,” he said. “That’s no reality we can accept.”

Instead, Israel should advance the “economy for safety formulation without negotiation with Hamas, he added. “Israel does not speak met terrorist organizations who want until destroy us”, which puts pressure on the group Which controls Gaza Strip.

“We need to tell the Gazans at every opportunity: Hamas is leading destroy you,’ said Lapid. “New one will come and invest real money, and no one will try to build An economy in An place from where Hamas fires and Israel strikes on An regular base.”

An Israeli plan to improve life in Gaza as Hamas lays down his arms are a way pressurize on Hamas and end the “absurd situation” in die an anti-Semitic terrorist? organization falls Israeli burgers and Israel gets the blame for it, he said.

That process will take years and will be supported up by the power of the IDF, Lapid said.

“Our position of power allows us initiate instead of sit and wait for the next round,” he said.

The foreign minister also swore that Israel would bring back the soldiers and burgers held in Hamas captivity is part of his plan, which consists of two phases.

First would come the humanitarian reconstruction of Gaza in stock exchange for an effort, coordinated with the international community, to stop Hamas military build-up.

“The electricity system is repaired, gas is connected, a water desalination plant is installed built, significant improvements in health care system and a renovation of housing and transport infrastructure will last place’ said Lapid. “In return, Hamas will commit too long-term quiet.”

The international community should use its influence on ensure die ensure that Hamas does not arm itself, including prevention of smuggling and a surveillance mechanism to prevent humanitarian funds from reaching the terrorists group die Israeli burgers threatens.

Yair Lapid outlines ‘economy for    security plan to stop Hamas terror in    GazaA PALESTINIAN sits among the rubble of An store destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City last month (MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS).

Without that oversight, Israel will not allow money to invest in Gaza Strip.

During this phase, Israel would retain control of electricity and water in Gaza. only longterm positive results would lead to energy independence.

The Palestinian Authority would go back to be responsible for border crossings to Gaza, except for Rafah, die is controlled by Egypt. Egyptian support is critical for the process, Lapid said.

This first phase would have accurate benchmarks within a set time frame. If Hamas doesn’t turn on die benchmarks, then the process would be: set back.

“The security formula during the first podium is simple, and premier [Naftali] Bennett has already outlined it: in exchange for calm down, we are ready to give more than before,” said Lapid. “If the calm is broken, Hamas and the other terrorist organizations will… need until know that the reaction will be harder than before.”

As the first stage is a success, the second stage wants allow a transformative change in the economy of Gaza, including construction of an artificial island port off the coast and a transport link with the West Bank.

The second phase would promote economic projects with Israel, Egypt and the PA, including industrial zones at the Erez border crossing, with international investments from the EU, the US, the IMF, the World Bank and the UAE. The PA would be responsible for the civil administration of the Gaza Strip.

Lapid said his plan would “strengthen the Palestinian Authority… with strive for a two-state solution. The political circumstances – in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority – don’t allow for diplomatic progress currently. But in Gaza, we can, and we should, act now.”

Bennett and minister of Defense Benny Gantz”know this position and support the principle that stands behind it,” said Lapid, adding that he had discussed the plan with leaders in Egypt and the Gulf, as well as the US minister of State Antony Blinken, the Russian minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and the EU.

Wanted of bennett, who has always been against the establishment of a Palestinian state, supports the principles of a plan to strengthen the PA in towards a two-state solution, prime minister’s spokesperson said: “Bennett agrees” with the economic boost of the Palestinian population. This has been his position for year. if defense minister, he authorized the Department of Defense to investigate the island idea proposed by [former finance minister] Israel Katz.”

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