Israel president calls for 'neutralizing' Hamas

Rivlin said there is no contradiction between Israel's security and improving living conditions in the Gaza Strip

Israel president calls for 'neutralizing' Hamas

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday that his country would lift a years-long blockade on the Gaza Strip once the Palestinian Authority and the international community neutralize the capabilities of Palestinian faction Hamas.

Speaking during a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Rivlin said there is no contradiction between Israel's security and improving living conditions in the Gaza Strip, where around 1.9 million people live, according to Israel's Channel 2.

The Israeli president said that peace was the only way for ensuring the rights of the Palestinian people as well as Israel's security, the channel said.

Hamas and other Palestinian resistance factions reject any talks about disarming.

Ban arrived in Ramallah earlier Monday and held talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

He then headed to West Jerusalem where he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The U.N. Secretary-General is expected to visit the blockaded Gaza Strip on Tuesday.

Ban's visit to the Palestinian territories came one day after visiting Cairo, where he attended an international donor conference for rebuilding the Gaza Strip.

Representatives from 50 countries, including 30 foreign ministers, attended the conference, along with the representatives of several international and regional organizations.

Conference attendees pledged to donate $5.4 billion for the Palestinians, an amount of money half of which will go to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, which was ravaged by a ferocious 51-day Israeli offensive in July and August.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Ekim 2014, 22:12
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