Israel seeks assurances that foreign aid won’t reach Hamas


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Israel seeks assurances that foreign aid won’t reach Hamas
Defense Minister Gantz admitted it would be impossible to completely stop Hamas from confiscating some materials for military use.
MAY 24, 2021

The international community must actively work to weaken Hamas while rebuilding Gaza, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi has told his counterparts in the United States and in the region. Ashkenazi spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of his arrival in Israel, as well as with the foreign ministers of the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The conversations held in the days preceding Thursday’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, and afterwards, set out four points on which Israel believes aid arrangements for Gaza must be based. The efforts must include weakening Hamas and preventing the group from arming itself by smuggling in and making its own weapons. In addition, the rehabilitation of Gaza must be monitored closely by international supervisors, with the aid going directly to specific projects and kept away from Hamas.