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>> For the Gaza Strip and->> Israel's Transport and Intelligence Minister has come up with a grand plan that he is convinced can help Gaza, the Palestinian territory on the Mediterranean coast, stand on its own two feet. I'm Luke Baker, the Bureau Chief of Reuters, in Jerusalem.>> Construction of an artificial island with a-
>> Intelligence Minister, Yisrael Katz, has been promoting this big Gaza artificial island scheme for a number of months. But now he's released a dynamic video trying to convince people of his scheme. What it would do is create an artificial island about three miles off the coast of Gaza connected to the mainland by a causeway.
And on the island there would be all the infrastructure Gaza needs to stand on its own two feet. Gas and electricity facilities, a port, a terminal for cargo, a desalination plant, even potentially in the future, an airport. He says it would take about five years to build, and require an investment from the international community of about $5 billion.
The main aim of this scheme, as well as to try and reduce the humanitarian economic situation in Gaza's two million people are living in, is to remove the impression amongst many in the world that Israel is responsible for Gaza's deteriorating economic conditions.
>> In order to ensure that security threats are addressed, Israel->> However, Israel isn't gonna pay for it itself. It wants the international community to stump up the money. And it will retain security control for the waters around the island, allowing an international policing force to maintain security on the island, and to monitor checkpoints along the causeway.
While its got some backing from Israel's cabinet, the Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, is ultimately responsible for Gaza. So far, he isn't supporting the idea.>> Gaza coast itself. And should the need arise, the island.