Israeli President Reuven Rivlin pledged, on Wednesday, that the Gaza Strip will not be rebuilt so long as Hamas governs the besieged enclave.
â€śIsrael was and has remained the only actor in the region that conveys basic staples for the welfare of the residents of Gaza,â€ť theÂ Times of IsraelÂ reported Rivlin saying at a ceremony in honour of Israeli soldiers killed during Israelâ€™s 2014 assault on the Gaza Strip.
He also said, according to Days of Palestine: â€śAs long as Hamas administers Gaza with an eye only to destroying the state of Israel and attacking its citizens, and continues toÂ hold the bodies of our soldiers, Gaza will not be rehabilitated.â€ť
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Hamas would pay an â€śunbearable priceâ€ť if it did not choose to accept a truce with Israel.
Hamas was freely elected in the last general Palestinian elections held in 2006. Israel has since imposed a stifling blockade on the Gaza Strip limiting the entry of medicines, construction supplies and food.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.