Middle East Monitor / September 14, 2021
A spokesman for Hamas said on Monday that the Palestinian people “must have an economic window” to the outside world, APA has reported. Hazem Qasem made his comment in response to Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s plan to boost the Gaza Strip’s economy in return for security for Israel.
“The Palestinian people in Gaza have the right to have a free and dignified life,” insisted Qasem, “as well as to get all kinds of assistance that reinforce their resilience.”
The Israeli occupation authorities, he added, are living through a “real crisis” as they are unable to impose their agenda on the Palestinian resistance groups. “Hence, it is proposing an economic plan in return for tranquility.”
Lapid proposed his economy plan on Sunday. It is based on “money for security” through which economic improvements in Gaza would be made in return for calm and the effective surrender of the Palestinian resistance in the besieged territory.
The resistance groups. However, insist that Israel must end its 15-year siege and let the Palestinians in the coastal enclave have freedom of movement and trade.