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Gaza occupation may cost Israel billions of dollars

Tel Aviv, May 17 (Prensa Latina) The permanent occupation of the Gaza Strip, which the international community has rejected, will cost Israel 20 billion shekels a year (about 5.4 billion dollars), Ynet posted on Friday.

The website, citing a security report, pointed out that the Army will also be forced to deploy five divisions there, which will cause the diversion of soldiers from the Northern and Central Commands, besides a dramatic increase in reserves.

Although the military high command rejected that possibility, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not rule out the plan, despite the strong opposition in the world to the occupation of Gaza, including Israel’s allies.

This also includes about 150 million shekels (40.5 million dollars) to build an additional corridor, the cost of the ongoing operation, and the reconstruction of the devastated enclave after seven months of war.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant threatened to resign if Netanyahu should order military control of Gaza because “a high price will be paid in blood and money.”

At the summit held in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday, the Arab League called for the deployment of “an international UN peacekeeping and protection force in the occupied Palestinian territories” until a two-state solution is established.

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