Wednesday February 23, the press service of Hamas issued a statement an ultimatum: either in the Gaza strip will be built a sea port, or Israel is waiting for a new war.
In the message of Hamas States that only sea port may solve the problem of isolation of the Gaza strip. Hamas also said that the construction of the port continues to be a stumbling block in negotiations between Israel and Turkey on normalization of relations.
Israeli media noted that the statement of Hamas is a reaction to yesterday’s speech of the head of Israeli military intelligence (AMAN) Maj.-Hertz Halevy on the parliamentary Commission on foreign Affairs and defense. The head of military intelligence warned that the Gaza strip is facing a humanitarian disaster and, according to the UN report, by 2020, may become unsuitable for human habitation. In military intelligence believe that reconstruction of Gaza is too slow and is a source of tension. While Hertz Halevy noted that at this stage Hamas is not interested in armed confrontation with Israel, and endeavours to deter other Palestinian factions in the Gaza strip to prevent retaliatory attacks by the IDF.