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'Gaza turned into Islamic terror state'

Former finance minister and Sharon's political opponent harshly criticizes plan to reopen Rafah crossing

Published: 11.02.05, 23:55 / Israel News

The Gaza Strip has turned into an "Islamic, fundamentalist terror state supported by Iran," Knesset Member Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in reference to the upcoming reopening of Gaza's Rafah crossing and the plan to build a seaport in the area.

 

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In light of escalating security tension, Netanyahu told Ynet that "The political-security cabinet approved on Tuesday a non-comprehensive plan, intended to solve the basic error of unraveling the defense system that protected the State of Israel."

 

According to the Rafah crossing plan approved in the cabinet, the crossing will be operated by the Palestinians under the supervision of the European Union. Online television cameras will broadcast the pictures of people entering and leaving to the Israeli side, and the data of Palestinians entering and leaving will be transferred to Israel through a computer system.

 

"Today we expect the Europeans to supervise Egypt, to supervise the Palestinians, and they will supposedly stop the infiltration of weapons and terrorists against us. There is no alternative for the State of Israel and the Israel Defense Forces guaranteeing Israel's security," Netanyahu said.

 

According to MK Netanyahu, "The security unraveling of the Philadelphi route, which is controlled by Egypt, not to mention the Hamas policy developed in Gaza, will lead to a situation in which the weapons coming from there will eventually find their way also to the West Bank. These weapons will constitute a threat on Israeli cities."

 

"I think the Palestinian state was already established in Gaza and constitutes an Islamic terror base in our region, not too far from central Israel," he said.

 

"This new state is also being sponsored by Iran, whose arming intentions in the area of nuclear weapons and its intentions toward Israel are well-known," Netanyahu concluded.

 

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