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Lapid proposes ‘new vision’ for Gaza, says Israel must weaken Hamas not PA

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome, on June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Rome, on June 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid presents a “new vision” for Israel’s relations with the Gaza Strip, saying that Israel “must move toward a multi-year process in Gaza, of economy in return for security.”

Speaking at the Reichman University’s Institute for Counter-Terrorism Policy conference, Lapid says that the aim of such a move is “to create stability on both sides of the border.”

“This is not a proposal for negotiations with Hamas. Israel will not award prizes to a terrorist organization and weaken the [Palestinian] Authority that works with us on a regular basis.”

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