The Israeli government decided 11 years ago not to allow farmers from Gaza to work in Israel. Now, a group of Israeli farmers say reversing the situation would be “financially wise.”

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Israeli farmers from southern Israel have petitioned Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman to allow Gaza Strip residents to work in Israel.

“There are two main reasons for our request,” they wrote. “One is the farmers’ needs, and the other is the high quality of the Gazan workers, which we remember from years past.”

For many years, farmers from Gaza were allowed to enter Israel in order to work for Israelis, but 11 years ago the government changed its policy and stopped granting entry approvals.

Reversing the situation, the farmers said, would be “financially wise” as well as help improve the well-being of Gazan families. “The improvement of our neighbors’ economy is an Israeli interest,” they wrote.