Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Gaza decision to ensure security



PM says move negates Hamas propaganda, warns against next flotillas.

The decision to ease the civilian restrictions on the Gaza Strip enables Israel to focus on security-related issues, including the smuggling of weapons into

Gaza, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said during an address to the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee (FADC) on Monday.

“The cabinet decision to lift the civilian blockade on Gaza and tighten the security blockade is the right decision for Israel, because it negates Hamas propaganda’s main claim,” the prime minister said.

He added that the move would enable Israel and its “friends around the world” to “address our significant demands in the security department.”

Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself by preventing Hamas and Hizbullah – through which, he said, Iran “tries to keep Israel in its hold” – from acquiring weapons with which to attack Israel. “The cabinet decision is aimed at this, at tightening the security blockade,” he said.

The prime minister then warned that Israel was about to contend with more flotillas aiming to break the blockade on the Hamas-ruled territory, asserting that Iran and Hizbullah were behind the latest such initiatives.

Also on Monday, Netanyahu told ministers and MKs that his security personnel had forbidden him from driving on Highway 443, a section of which was recently opened to Palestinian traffic.

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