Daily Israel Report

Money Transferred to Gaza as Rockets Continue to Land

Trucks brought NIS 100 million into Gaza Thursday afternoon after Ehud Barak ordered the transfer to prevent Gaza banks from collapsing.
By Avraham Zuroff
First Publish: 12/11/2008, 4:48 PM

Five trucks brought NIS 100 million into Gaza Thursday afternoon from banks located in Hevron, Jerusalem, and Tul-Karem after Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the money transfer to prevent banks in the region from collapsing.

The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel made an urgent appeal on Wednesday to Attorney General Manny Mazuz to stop the transfer of money. “According to the law forbidding the financing of terrorism, this money should not be transferred. The transfer is neither legal nor ethical,” the Legal Forum stated.

Members of the League for Captured Soldier Gilad Shalit arrived at the Erez Crossing earlier today in an attempt to block the trucks from transferring the money from Ramallah to Gaza. “I call on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to reevaluate the money transfer, which is only intended for members of terrorist groups in Gaza,” the League’s operations officer stated. “I support the transfer of fuel and food, electricity, and medical equipment. However, I am opposed to the transfer of money.”

Gilad Shalit was abducted 900 days ago in a Hamas terrorist attack at a Gaza crossing where two other soldiers were killed. The head of the International Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in Israel said Wednesday that he has done whatever is possible to make contact with the kidnapped IDF soldier but has not been able to surpass political obstacles.

Hamas senior officer Mahmoud al-Zahar on Thursday repeated that Shalit could be freed in "one day" if Israel were to meet its demands by liberating 1,000 terrorists and opening all Gaza crossings, including Rafiah.

Humanitarian Gestures While Under Attack
Whether calm in the Gaza area will be restored through Israel’s humanitarian gesture of transferring money is uncertain. This week, terrorists from Gaza continued to fire Kassam rockets and mortars at Jewish communities around Gaza. In addition, Israel's army found several bombs that had been planted in the area around Gaza.

The head of Southern Command, Major General Yoav Gallant, has instructed the army to prepare for a possible Hamas attack next week. Sunday is the anniversary of the founding of the Hamas terrorist organization and next Thursday marks the official end of the cease-fire.