Dichter: It was a mistake to leave Philadelphi corridor

May 1, 2011 17:30


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Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head Avi Dichter on Sunday said that it was a mistake for Israel to leave the Philadelphi Corridor when it left the Gaza Strip in 2005.

Speaking to Army Radio, Dichter said that at the time, he thought Israel should maintain a presence in the corridor, which separates the Gaza Strip from the Sinai Peninsula until it was clear how the Egyptians would operate the border and deal with smuggling activity.The former Shin Bet chief also addressed the announcement Sunday that Israel was freezing the transfer of tax payments to the Palestinian Authority in light of its ruling party, Fatah, reaching a reconciliation agreement with rival Hamas.

"Israel needs to do the maximum to ensure that [the] money doesn't reach Hamas or other terrorist organizations," Dichter said.

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