Friday, August 26, 2005

Rafah terminal

According to Haaretz, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz proposed on Thursday a revised arrangement for Rafah terminal - Palestinians would be able to leave the Gaza Strip for Sinai without Israel's presence or intervention while people and goods entering Gaza would pass via a new terminal near Kerem Shalom, under the supervision of the Israeli customs authority.

(During previous IDF imposed closures of Rafah terminal in 2004, Kerem Shalom was offered as an alternative entry point for Palestinians however this offer was consistently rejected by the PA who did not wish to set the precedent of a new terminal point involving movement into Israel).

The preferred option of the PA with regards to Rafah following the Israeli withdrawal is the deployment of European border inspectors to supervise the passage of people and goods from Sinai to the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Reporting (Haaretz)


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