Gantz: Can’t guarantee some of the aid to rebuild Gaza won’t go to Hamas

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Gantz: Can’t guarantee some of the aid to rebuild Gaza won’t go to Hamas
Full rehabilitation must depend on returning Israeli captives, defense minister says; EU FM expresses frustration about continually paying for the cost of the IDF-Hamas conflict.
By LAHAV HARKOV, TOVAH LAZAROFF
MAY 23, 2021

Israel supports efforts to rebuild Gaza, even though some percentage of the aid will likely go to Hamas terrorists, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said in a briefing on Sunday. Gantz said that dual-use products, which can be used for construction but also for terrorism, must be closely supervised. “I’m not naïve; some of the materials we let in will go to Hamas,” Gantz said in a briefing. “In the end, it’s complicated. You need cement to build, and some of it goes to the terror tunnels.” While in the past, the IDF and Shin Bet worked to stop weapons smuggling into Gaza, in recent years, Hamas as moved to manufacturing its own arms, the defense minister said. “The more we work with the Egyptians, the less their ability will be to manufacture [weapons]. We also took out [Hamas’s] top two layers of research and development, and I hope that will have an influence,” Gantz said.

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