Israeli Security Cabinet seeks to alleviate Gaza’s humanitarian pressure

Israel’s security cabinet concluded a meeting last night, which discussed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The meeting deliberated on ways to alleviate the humanitarian pressure on the Palestinian enclave, that after Israeli security officials have repeatedly warned that the Gaza Strip faces total economic collapse – emphasizing that the prevention of a humanitarian catastrophe was unquestionably in Israel’s interest. Among the main supporters of granting humanitarian relief to the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave is IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot, who presented the Israeli security cabinet with several solutions for “urgent humanitarian needs.” That said, Eisenkot stressed that there were no grounds for taking medium-to-long-term steps until the Islamist organizations in Gaza would return the bodies of Israeli soldiers that were killed during the 2014 Gaza war, as well as the immediate release of two Israeli civilians that are being held captive in the Palestinian enclave.