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Lapid: Reopen Rafah under PA supervision

Finance Minister Yair Lapid says Israeli-Palestinian negotiations currently being mediated by Egypt should lead to a reopening of the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, with the Gaza side controlled by the Palestinian Authority instead of Hamas. As a next step, he says, Abbas should be in charge of any aid the world community donates to the rehabilitation of Gaza.

“I think this is possible,” Lapid tells the Associated Press. “We have to remember that the PA was in charge of Gaza and is still the legal ruler of Gaza, and should be there instead of Hamas, which is a terror organization.”

“If they want to rebuild the place they live in, then they will have to accept,” Lapid says of Hamas.

–AP

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