When one reflects on 2012 in the Gaza Strip, it doesn’t immediately seem like a huge surge in Israel-Gaza relations, with the Israeli military attacking the strip in November and killing over 100 Palestinian civilians.
Israel’s office of Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) is focusing on the positives, however, seeing Gaza ties improving significantly in 2012.
The improvement, according to their report, is reflected in an increase in the number of civilians allowed to leave the strip for medical reasons, as well as the number of Israeli Arabs allowed to enter Gaza for visits.
Beyond that, Israel’s stranglehold on the Gaza economy was slightly less all-encompassing than in past years, with officials saying that somewhat more construction material was allowed in, and more cherry tomatoes were allowed to be exported than in previous years.
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