Israel Insists on Gaza Border Presence

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Israel will insist on checking all traffic in and out of Gaza even after its withdrawal, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told the Security Cabinet on Monday. The defense minister also said Israeli troops could leave the Philadelphi corridor between Egypt and Gaza by the end of 2005 if the deployment of some 750 Egyptian troops there goes smoothly. Israel has proposed moving the border crossing to Kerem Shalom from Rafah, where Israeli border inspectors would operate as well as Palestinian and Egyptian security forces. However, the Palestinians have said they would not agree to such a move.

2005-08-09 00:00:00

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