ISRAEL - Joint Industrial Zone in Gaza?

Arno Froese

Is Arazim—the name of the industrial area shared by Israel and Gaza—really about to happen? Maariv learned that a significant planning phase has been completed that examined the feasibility of establishing an industrial zone—in Israeli territory, near the ruins of the Erez industrial zone, which Israel demolished in 2004 prior to the disengagement from the Gaza Strip.

According to various estimates, it will be possible to employ thousands of workers in the planned industrial area. Meanwhile, with regard to the movement of merchants from the Gaza Strip, the data available to the defense establishment show that after setting the quota at 10,000 merchants who can enter daily, the entry of more than 7,000 citizens in Gaza who have a permit and leave for Israel has already been approved.

Although officially these are supposed to be merchants, the vast majority are employed as workers, including workers in agriculture who, after 15 years of disengagement, returned to work in the fields of kibbutzim in Gaza border communities. The defense establishment is now seeking to regulate permits for workers as well.

-www.jpost.com, 12 November 2021

Arno's Commentary

Gaza is ruled by Hamas, declared to be a terrorist organization by 31 nations. Australia, New Zealand, Paraguay, and the United Kingdom only designate the military wing of Hamas as a terrorist entity.

Now the question: is it possible to create an industrial zone to help alleviate the virtually catastrophic unemployment of Gaza residents? Here we can only say, time will tell.

While we recognize that borders exist to separate countries, do they really work? Quite obviously, only to a limited degree. Another article by the Jerusalem Post claimed that over 25,000 illegal immigrants are in Israel. How is that possible? There are multiple ways, as people desperate and in need will find loopholes. While Israel is one of the most secure nations in the world, to keep out the unwanted seems all but impossible.

Here again, a glimmer of hope appears on the horizon—building an industrial zone on Israeli land for Gaza residents to produce merchandise.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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