Reoccupying Gaza costs $2.5bn a year

The defense minister claimed that the cost of reoccupying the city costs $2.5bn a year.

Reoccupying Gaza costs $2.5bn a year

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Saturday that the reoccupation of the Gaza Strip would cost his country $2.5 billion a year.

During a seminar in Beersheba in southern Israel, Ya'alon added that the reoccupation of the Palestinian territory would not stop the firing of rockets from it into Israel and would also cause human losses.

The Israeli army has repeatedly come under fire from Israelis for not reoccupying the Gaza Strip during the latest Israeli offensive on it.

Launched with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from Gaza, the offensive, which lasted for 51 days in July and August, left around 2,160 Gazans dead and more than 11,000 others injured.

On Saturday, Ya'alon told seminar attendees that security could not be fulfilled through slogans, according to Israel public radio.

The Defense Minister was reported to have added that the application of military solutions only reflected a lack of understanding of the wider consequences of actions in this regard.

He added, however, that he did not know how long the calm in Gaza would last, noting that somebody might decide to breach this calm.

Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip only came to an end on Aug. 26 of 2014 when Palestinian factions signed an Egypt-mediated cease-fire deal with Israel.

Yaalon, meanwhile, said Palestinian Authority President Mohmoud Abbas was not a peace partner for Israel.

He said the Palestinian Authority President was particularly so because he refused to recognize the sovereignty of the state of Israel.

Abbas had repeatedly rejected to recognize Israel as a "Jewish state."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 07 Mart 2015, 16:57