Uri Ariel: We need a seaport in Gaza

Agriculture Minister makes surprising bid for Palestinian humanitarian rights on Tel Aviv radio station.

Tova Dvorin ,

Uri Ariel
Uri Ariel
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Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) called for the establishment of a seaport in Gaza Friday, as well as protesting poor conditions for Palestinian Arabs in the Palestinian Authority (PA).

"Gaza residents have no international ports as of today," Ariel stated, in an interview with Tel Aviv radio. "Why will they not get a harbor? What's wrong with that? Everything is conditional on [our] safety and security." 

"Security experts say the State of Israel knows what to do in order so they [Gaza - ed.] should have a port - but they [Hamas] would need to meet all of the State of Israel's security requirements," Ariel emphasized. 

Ariel, surprisingly, also advocating providing resources to terror hotbeds Nablus (Shechem), Hevron, Tulkarem, and Jenin. 

"We have natural gas, and we are responsible for the area," Ariel said. "Bring them water, too. What's the problem sending them another 100 million cubic meters of desalinated water? We have it." 

"Do you want me to continue?" he added. "Roads and interchanges - why should they go through the IDF? They do not have to be monitored by the army. We see them [Palestinian Arabs - ed.] standing, waiting to enter Israel at checkpoints. It's a disgrace to the State of Israel and the defense establishment; you see them standing in unbearable conditions - in the summer, stiflingly hot, in the winter in the rain." 

"What's the problem to fix this?" he asked. "50 million shekel?"

'He could be a better minister'

Ariel also addressed controversy surrounding incitement against Defense Minister, MK Moshe Ya'alon (Likud). 

"He's a good defense minister, but there is room to be a better minister," he opined. "Freedom of expression is not lawlessness. And what is happening now regarding defense minister is total lawlessness; in my opinion it requires a police investigation."

"This is important," he continued. "Life and death are in the tongue. I have a feeling this will bring us to an even more difficult place."