- Title: A new island in the Mediterranean...just off Gaza
- Date: 10th July 2017
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (JULY 10, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS GV'S OF GAZA COAST
- Embargoed: 24th July 2017 12:50
- Keywords: Israel Gaza Island Israel Katz Mediterranean Sea Hamas
- Location: UNKNOWN/JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: UNKNOWN/JERUSALEM/GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0056P4V3NR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: At first glance the video looks like a promotion for a luxury offshore development, a Dubai Palm-style project on the Mediterranean. Then it becomes clear it's about Gaza and the future of the impoverished and fenced-in Palestinian enclave.
Israel's Intelligence and Transport Minister, Israel Katz, has long pushed the idea of an artificial island off the coast of the Gaza Strip, with plans for a port, cargo terminal and even an airport to boost the territory's economy and connect it to the world.
But now Katz has released a slick, high-production video setting out his proposal in more detail, complete with a dramatic, English-speaking narration, colourful graphics and stirring music.
"The artificial island initiative is aimed at providing an answer to a reality that is bad for the Palestinians and not good for Israel," says the narrator, acknowledging that the aim is in part to change the view that Israel is to blame for the deteriorating circumstances of Gaza's two million people.
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