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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.
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“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,”
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