Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz on Sunday night announced that he is working to advance plans to create an artificial island off the coast of Gaza that could improve the Palestinian enclaves economic and humanitarian situation.
Katz told The Jerusalem Post Annual Conference in New York that the venture would seek to connect the territory to people and goods
"The off-shore project could provide Gaza with an economic and humanitarian gateway to the world without endangering Israeli security," he said.
He added that the project would relieve the Gazan population from the "pressure cooker" mounting in Strip and could serve as both a "buffer and a bridge."
Katz has previously expressed his support for the contended prospect of a seaport in Gaza as part of efforts to completely sever the Palestinian territory from that of Israel.