An Israeli security document reveals: Governing Gaza will cost Tel Aviv approximately $6 billion annually

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On Friday, the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth published an Israeli document about the financial costs of establishing Israeli military rule in the Gaza Strip the day after the war.

According to the document, the cost of governing the sector is estimated at $5.4 billion annually, and this does not include the reconstruction of infrastructure such as: hospitals, schools, roads, etc.

The Israeli military government in the Gaza Strip will also request the transfer of soldiers from the Northern and Central Command to Gaza, and increase reserves. According to the newspaper, there will be a need for 4 military divisions stationed in the Gaza Strip.

The newspaper added: Netanyahu prefers that the Israeli army be responsible for security and managing civil life in the Gaza Strip.

Yedioth Ahronoth reported: “Control of Gaza means an unprecedented budget crisis, which will greatly harm the services provided to the Israeli citizen, and will also burden the budget.”

This approach is supported by Bezalel Smotrich, the Israeli Minister of Finance, who insists on establishing an Israeli military government that will supervise the distribution of humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip, while Yoav Galant, the Israeli Minister of Defense, strongly opposes it.

Additional sources • Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth