PM: Palestinian Authority role in Gaza important

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel was cooperating with the Palestinian Authority and that it was important the PA had a role to play in the Gaza Strip.

"We are cooperating with the Palestinian Authority on matters you have raised," he told a news conference when asked about reconstruction in the war-battered enclave run by the Islamist movement Hamas.

"We are prepared to see a role for them... I think it's important for the reconstruction of Gaza," the Israeli premier added.