Gantz Slams Bibi Over Gaza Cash Infusion: Deterrence Has Collapsed
By Staff, Agencies
The “Israeli” entity’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced criticism Monday after a fresh infusion of Qatari cash was allowed into the besieged Gaza Strip late the previous day despite ongoing violence emanating from the territory.
“Deterrence has collapsed. Suitcases full of dollars are once again entering Gaza without [Israel] having achieved a political solution that might bring quiet to the south,” charged Blue and White party leader MK Benny Gantz.
“The policy of the ‘Israeli’ government toward Gazan ‘terror’: If you shoot, you’ll get more,” charged Labor party MK Itzik Shmuli. “The government is failing to provide security for residents of the south, but is succeeding in providing dollars to Gaza. Only a combination of military action against Hamas alongside a political initiative to isolate it will bring quiet to the south.”
A Qatari delegation led by envoy Mohammed al-Emadi entered the besieged Gaza Strip late Sunday with a fresh delivery of cash for the enclave, according to Palestinian reports.
The delegation had been expected Saturday, but was reportedly delayed due to discussions with “Israeli” officials on issues relating to the truce deal aimed at keeping calm along the border.
According to the reports, deputy Qatari ambassador Khaled al-Khardan entered Gaza. Later in the evening he returned to the Erez border crossing, where he was given $15 million in cash to take back into the Strip.
About $10 million of the funds were to be distributed to needy families in Gaza on Monday, while another $5 million are going to fund UN-run employment programs. The cash injections were originally used to pay salaries of Hamas employees, but this was stopped after opposition from the “Israeli” entity.
Another $15 million is reportedly being transferred to the entity to pay for gas to be supplied to Gaza.
Netanyahu has faced criticism in the past for his policy of allowing cash to flow into Gaza.
As the “Israeli” entity is now headed to a September election, right-wing politicians who have criticized the policy in the past stayed mum on Monday.