Coordinator to General Secretary: Hamas harming Gaza's citizens

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, briefs UN Secretary-General on Hamas' conduct towards Gaza civilian population.

Mordechai Sones,

COGAT Yoav Mordechai (R) meets with UN Sec. Gen
COGAT Yoav Mordechai (R) meets with UN Sec. Gen

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Major General Yoav Mordechai, met today (Monday) with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

He briefed the Secretary-General on the strategic and general situation in the Gaza Strip on the civilian, economic, and security fronts, and presented the progress of the Gaza Strip rehabilitation and supervision mechanism which is shared by Israel, the United Nations, and the PA.

Mordechai also presented the Secretary-General with Hamas' attempts to exploit every humanitarian aid channel provided by Israel to the residents of the Gaza Strip, with an emphasis on the constant effort to take advantage of international organization's activities to harm Israel's security.

In this context, he emphasized that Hamas' withholding two IDF killed-in-action, the late Lieutenant Hadar Goldin and the late Sgt. Oron Shaul, along with other Israeli civilians in Gaza makes it difficult for Israel to conduct an expansive civilian policy to assist the residents of Gaza.

"The Hamas terrorist organization stops at nothing and repeatedly exploits Gaza's residents in attempts to exploit Israel's assistance, despite the severe civilian hardships in the Gaza Strip," said Major General Mordechai. "Every month Hamas collects about NIS 100 million ($28 million) from the residents of the Gaza Strip, while the cost of the Palestinian Authority's internal struggles falls first and foremost on the back of the residents of the Gaza Strip."

In addition, Major General Mordechai presented Israeli civilian efforts to assist the Syrian population on the Golan Heights border, as well as a survey of the main projects promoted by the Coordinator of Activities in Judea and Samaria.

The meeting was attended by United Nations envoy to the Middle East Nikolai Maldinov, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Occupied Territories Robert Piper, UN Commissioner-General Pierre Carnevil, senior staff of the Secretary-General, and Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.