The list of goods banned according to the Wassenaar Arrangement includes weapons of any kinds, as well as dual-use goods “which could be used to develop, produce or to boost military capabilities.”
Goods barred according to the Israeli law include technology or equipment which can be used by terror groups to produce weapons, such as chemicals used in the production of explosives, optical equipment—including lasers and night vision goggles—knives, light planes, aviation and navigation equipment, diving gear, gliders, sea crafts etc. A third part of the list specifies various goods “whose delivery would remain under supervision.”
“We have made great effort to ease the plight of the civilian population and make things difficult for terror groups,” said Gal. Among the goods allowed into the Gaza Strip are cement, iron and cars, which would be transferred into the Strip via a coordinated effort between Israel, the Palestinian Authority [PA] and various international groups.
Major-General Dangot added that the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza would serve as the main transport depot. Goods will also be transferred through Erez crossing in the Strip's north and Karni crossing in central Gaza.
“We have increased the number of trucks going through Kerem Shalom to 160 a day,” said Dangot. “Traffic volume in Karni has been increased to 120 trucks a day. We expect to see some 250 trucks enter Gaza [per day] in the next few weeks, and that would increase to 350. By 2011, we expect that 400 trucks will deliver goods to Gaza daily.”
Dangot added that there are currently nine international projects planned for Gaza, in addition to five ongoing ones, and that the cooperation with the PA now includes a special system meant to manage them. “In several months there will be 45 projects. All of them would be carried out in cooperation with the PA and in a manner meant to maintain security,” he concluded.
Posted on July 6, 2010
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