Palestine: Israeli regime wants to control foreign aid to Gaza through “voucher” system

Source: Jerusalem Post

“Israel wants foreign aid to Gaza disbursed through a voucher system, as a safeguard against donations being diverted to bolster the Palestinian enclave’s Hamas rulers and their arsenal, a government minister said on Tuesday. Humanitarian agencies put the latest reconstruction costs for the impoverished Gaza Strip at $500 million following 11 days of [Israeli bombardment] in May. Qatar bankrolled more than $1 billion worth of construction and other projects in Gaza, some of it in cash, after a war in 2014. … New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett wants a shift in policy, Public Security Minister Omer Barlev said. ‘The Qatari money for Gaza will not go in as suitcases full of dollars which end up with Hamas, where Hamas in essence takes for itself and its officials a significant part of it,’ he told Israel’s Army Radio.” (07/13/21)