Israel to allow Jerusalem Arabs to visit Gaza

Arab businessmen to be allowed to visit Gaza to invest in territory in order to strengthen economy and infrastructure.



Israel will allow Arab business executives from Jerusalem to visit the Gaza Strip for the first time in years,
a Defense Ministry body said Tuesday.

COGAT, the Israeli agency that oversees civilian affairs in Judea and Samaria, said it would allow small numbers of businesspeople from eastern Jerusalem looking to invest in the coastal territory to visit.

Israel controls most access into and out of the Gaza Strip and has imposed a partial blockade on the enclave for a decade.

But in an Arabic-language Facebook post late Monday, COGAT said it would allow in "businessmen and others who want to improve and strengthen the economy, infrastructure and humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip".

It said up to 150 people would be permitted to enter at a time.

Israel and Hamas, the Islamist terrorist movement that runs Gaza, have fought three wars since 2008.

Egypt also has a border with Gaza which it has largely closed off in recent years.