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Cabinet to review new outline for transfer of Qatari aid to Gaza

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The state security cabinet was set to meet on Sunday to discuss a series of decisions related to the Gaza Strip, including a new mechanism for transferring Qatari financial aid to the Palestinian enclave.

The emerging proposal would see $30 million in Qatari cash injected into the economy of the Hamas-ruled area each month through the UN and possibly through the Palestinian Authority further down the road.

Another option would be for some of the subsidies to be handed over to families in need through Gaza’s postal banks, after Shin Bet’s internal security service ensures the money does not fall into the hands of terrorists. Some of the money would go towards financing employment programs and purchasing fuel.

Jerusalem recently held several talks with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, who visited Doha last week in hopes that Qatar and Hamas would accept the plan.

The Gulf Kingdom has long been a primary financial supporter of Gaza, which has been placed under a tight blockade by both Egypt and Israel since Hamas took control of the Palestinian coastal region in 2007, citing security concerns.

Ministers will also discuss Israel’s response policy to any form of aggression against Israel from Gaza, including the launch of incendiary balloons and explosives across the border. The plan stipulates that any such violation would be met with vigorous retaliation.

They will also discuss preparations for another possible round of combat in the future, if necessary, and determine what kind of humanitarian supplies Israel would send to Gaza as part of its reconstruction process.

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Clockwise from top left: Fallen soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, prisoners Hisham al-Saeed and Avera Mengistu

Clockwise from top left: Fallen soldiers Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, prisoners Hisham al-Saeed and Avera Mengistu

Another topic on the table is the ongoing Egypt-brokered ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas. Cairo has brokered lengthy ceasefire talks between the two sides after 11 days of fighting in May between the IDF and Palestinian terrorist factions in Gaza.

Israeli officials say the differences between the parties in prisoner swapping remain unbridgeable, as Hamas’ minimum demands still far outweigh any compromise Israel is willing to make.

The group is holding the bodies of two fallen IDF soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, and two Israeli civilians, Hisham al-Saeed and Avera Mengistu.

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