Israel’s Transportation Minister met this week with National Security Council officials and presented his idea to create an artificial island off the coast of Gaza, which would contain a port, a power plant and an airport.







A simulation of Katz's ambitious project

A simulation of Katz’s ambitious project Screen capture: Channel 2 News

As part of the US administration’s desire to show determination in promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace, senior-level National Security Council officials met earlier this week with Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz to discuss a unique proposal.

Katz’s idea is to create an artificial island off the coast of Gaza, which would contain a port, a power plant and an airport. The island would be connected to the Gaza Strip by a narrow road which would allow security supervision and enable Israel to lift its blockade of the Strip.

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have both rejected the idea, several US officials have viewed it as creative and innovative.

Katz explained that his vision is part of the concept of “economic peace” and is not a substitute for peace negotiations.