Israel will try to stop Gaza aid crisis

J'lem officials say food will be delivered if no Palestinians are at crossings.

June 15, 2007 11:54
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Israel is looking into ways to aid civilians in the Gaza Strip and will do everything possible to prevent a humanitarian crisis there, senior Jerusalem officials said Friday. Israel will continue to provide electricity and water to the Strip and is prepared to send food on condition that there is no one on the Palestinian sides of the crossings when the parcels are delivered, officials told Israel Radio.

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  • Disconnect from Gaza or talk to Hamas? Problems have already been reported in providing milk to Gaza residents. Meanwhile, Construction and Housing Minister Meir Sheetrit said that Israel would not move in to confront Hamas. "There is no intention to re-enter that swamp, Gaza, in this situation. At this point, Israel has no reason to intervene," Sheetrit told Israel Radio. Because Fatah has recognized Israel's right to exist and signed on to past peace agreements, a boycott by Israel and the international community of the Palestinian territories in the wake of Hamas's electoral successes may no longer apply to the West Bank - just to Gaza. "The fact that President Abbas has fired the Hamas government is a very positive move in our opinion, and makes it easier to deal with and help the moderates," Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said Friday.

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