Gantz, Netanyahu meet to reexamine Gaza policy, consider reconstruction

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz is meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Israel’s future policy toward the Gaza Strip following a meeting with top defense officials.

The meeting comes as the government seeks to find a way forward following this month’s 11-day conflict with the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group.

Earlier today, Gantz hashed out the contents of proposed policy changes toward Gaza with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kohavi, Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman, the head of the IDF Strategic Directorate Maj. Gen. Tal Kalman, as well as Defense Ministry Dir. Gen. Amir Eshel and the head of the Defense Ministry’s influential Political-Military Bureau, Zohar Palti.

Israel has long struggled with the challenge of finding ways to allow reconstruction efforts in Gaza without the supplies and funds being diverted to the military buildup efforts of Hamas and other Gazan terror groups.

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