Jpost reports –
Former commander of the IDF Southern Command offered an ambitious idea to alleviate humanitarian situation in Gaza.
“I’d go much farther than just the Erez Crossing,” the former general told 101.5FM. “I would give the Palestinian Authority a terminal at Ashdod port. They would operate it fully from A to Z. They would handle all the logistics, the customs, the finances, the taxation, the revenue, the loading and unloading of cargo, and expenses.”
“Israel would handle full responsibility for security checks for a period of a number of years,” Samia said. “This would be part of an overall plan, a comprehensive Israeli initiative.”
“We need to do something,” he said. “We can’t just sit there and do nothing.”
Some 800 trucks enter Gaza daily. Now half of them will travel through the northern part of the strip, by way of Yad Mordechai, rather than the southern tip.
Ya’alon’s decision will take time to be implemented, a source stressed, adding that the opening of Erez to trucks would reduce pressure on local roads and on the Kerem Shalom Crossing.
“It is in our interest for large quantities of trucks carrying goods to continue to move into Gaza. We have an interest in the Gazans living with dignity, both on the human level and because it helps preserve quiet alongside the security deterrence that exists,” a security source said.