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Israel's Permits for Gaza Workers: More About Security Than Benevolence

Israel's decision to increase the number of work permits granted to Gazan merchants and workers wishes to buy time and postpone the next military confrontation

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel
Amos Harel

Israel announced on Wednesday that it was increasing to 10,000 the number of work permits it was granting to merchants and workers from the Gaza Strip. This is the largest number it has granted in many years, probably since the beginning of the second intifada. The increase, amounting to 3,000 additional permits, is part of Israel’s efforts to alleviate security tensions on the Gaza border and prevent a renewed flare-up of hostilities.

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