Protesters near the Gaza border last November..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Due to the ongoing security situation in the Gaza periphery, the Labor Party revealed a new plan on Sunday called “Security for the South.”
The plan was prepared by Labor leader Avi Gabbay’s number two, former Southern Command head, Gen. (res.) Tal Rousso.
The first stage of the plan is to put the brakes on terror emerging from the Gaza Strip by systematically taking steps to weaken Hamas.
Unlike Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has facilitated sending millions of dollars of Qatari money to Hamas, Labor recommends using international organizations to bypass Hamas in strengthening the population of Gaza.
“The residents must be disconnected from Hamas,” Rousso said.
The third stage is to use diplomatic means to arrange economic developments in Gaza in return for its demilitarization. Labor would implement the plan over a period of years.
Alongside the plans for Gaza, Labor would boost the residents of the Gaza periphery with major investment. For instance, factories would be given incentives to move to the area, communities would be encouraged to absorb new residents and the highways to the region would be widened.
“Security can be returned to the residents of Israel, and we in Labor know how to do it,” Rousso said.
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