44. Extend Kerem Shalom Hours and Open a New Gaza Commercial Crossing Point

All goods that enter Gaza from Israel go through the Kerem Shalom crossing point, which is overtaxed and can only handle a relatively limited volume, especially with limited operating hours even taking into account the restrictions imposed by the blockade. Israel would be able to process more essential supplies and humanitarian aid were it to extend Kerem Shalom’s operation hours, and to open a second commercial crossing point, and could also enable more exports out of Gaza. Having more of a hand in what enters and leaves Gaza also weakens Hamas by cutting off some of the black market economy that has developed around smuggling and that Hamas taxes as a way of propping up its own financial position.