Mahmoud Abbas & Co. conspire to torpedo any ceasefire deal the UN & Egypt negotiate with Israel, if Hamas maintains their refusal to disarm and transfer control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.
Hamas will not disarm or “pay any political price” as part of a ceasefire agreement with Israel, an official from the Gaza ruler said on Monday.
“We benefit from the truce. Our weapons will remain in our hands and there are no conditions regarding Hamas’s right to (continue) the resistance. The truce does not require a political price (from Hamas) and it is not part of the deal of the century,” senior Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar reportedly told online newspaper Al-Khaleej. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Liberman says Abbas “wants to damage the ties between us and the Gaza Strip. It is not our fight. They are trying to drag us into their internal Palestinian squabbles.”
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Sunday that his goal is the removal of Hamas from Gaza while slamming Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for wanting to damage ties between Israel and Gaza.
On Friday, top Hamas official, Kahlil al-Hayya, told Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV that ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas are in “the final stretch.”
However, in an interview with (Israel’s) Kan TV on Sunday, Liberman said Israel does not negotiate directly with a group that openly seeks its destruction. Continue Reading »
With Palestinian protesters demanding the end of punitive measures from Abbas’ PA gov’t on Hamas and Gaza, an unprecedented wave of anti-Abbas protesters are taking to the streets in the West Bank.
By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
The Palestinian Authority on Tuesday expressed fear that the talk about easing restrictions on the Gaza Strip was part of an Israeli-Palestinian “conspiracy” to transform the Palestinian cause into a “humanitarian issue.”
The PA, which has been imposing its own financial sanctions on the Gaza Strip, also expressed fear that the easing of restrictions would embolden Hamas and tighten its grip over the coastal enclave. Continue Reading »
Refusing Fatah’s demand that Hamas unarm itself as required under the Palestinian reconciliation agreement, the terrorist group Hamas vowed their arsenal “will not be touched,” with plans to expand its military activities against Israel into the West Bank.
By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff
The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas vowed Monday to expand its military activities against Israel into the West Bank, underscoring the challenges ahead since the organization began its reconciliation with the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas has ruled Gaza since winning legislative elections in 2006 and ousting Fatah the following year in a military coup, a move that prompted an Israeli and Egyptian blockade. Continue Reading »
On Fatah-Hamas reconciliation in Gaza, Palestinian Authority official says “We couldn’t even arrange a safe trip for Abbas to Gaza….In actuality, Hamas is in control on the ground in Gaza…It is not in our interest or desire to prevent Hamas from continuing its security-related activity in the Gaza Strip.”
• Jordanian-Palestinian communication nearly severed over Fatah-Hamas reconciliation.
Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff
The Palestinian Authority does not have the ability to prevent Hamas or any of the other Gaza Strip-based terrorist groups from continuing to dig terror tunnels, senior PA officials told Israel Hayom on Thursday.
One senior PA official close to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israel Hayom that the “Palestinian reconciliation and the transfer of control [in Gaza] are on the declarative level only. Continue Reading »
In Hamas’ decision to dismantle their ‘administrative control’ in Gaza, the radical Islamic movement has moved the ball into Abbas’s court. The PA leader’s refusal to end the sanctions he imposed on the costal enclave’s population 5 months ago would portray the Palestinian autocrat in an even more dictatorial role, especially vis-à-vis Egypt, since they brokered Hamas’ surprise decision.
Since he began imposing sanctions on the Gaza Strip five months ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly declared that dismantling the Gaza Strip’s administrative committee would be the only way to end the sanctions and ease the pressure on Hamas. Continue Reading »
Hamas’ new leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, stated that the enclave’s government was “opening a new page” with Egypt, having mended their previously strained ties.
Gaza-based Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called for all Palestinian factions to create a unified national government and to hold open elections at a press conference in Gaza on Wednesday.
Haniyeh was elected to head Hamas, the ruling faction in Gaza, in May.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh vs. Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas – AFP
The Islamist group, considered a terrorist group by the US, EU and Israel, seized control of the territory from Fatah, the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas’s party, in a near civil war in 2007. Continue Reading »
Human Rights Watch has accused Abbas’ gov’t of arresting and abusing local journalists and activists critical of PA policies, seen as a violation of media freedom and freedom of speech.
The Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank has blocked 11 news websites associated with their Gaza-based rivals Hamas and other political adversaries critical of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to Arabic media reports.
Autocrat of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas – AP
The shutdowns were ordered by the Palestinian Attorney General’s office, with Palestinian media outlets quoting one anonymous official as saying that the sites blocked were in “violation of the rules of publications” which bars the dissemination of alleged fake news and defamation. Continue Reading »
Energy & Infrastructure Minister Steinitz opposes the COGAT head Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai’s decision to reduce electricity to Gaza in the face of an internal PA-Hamas dispute, saying we should decide where to cut “and not become a pawn in their hands.”
By Itamar Eichner
A sharp confrontation broke out between the Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, Dr. Yuval Steinitz, and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, following Mordechai’s decision to reduce by more than a quarter the amount of electricity that Israel transfers to the Gaza Strip.
Electricity on the way to the Palestinians – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP
Mordechai recently wrote a letter to the directors-general of the Ministries of National Infrastructures and Finance, the National Security Agency and the Shin Bet, as well as to the military secretaries of the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, informing them of his decision to reduce the amount of electricity that would be transferred to the Gaza Strip via the electricity lines. Continue Reading »
As part of the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, Abbas decides to reduce the financial support the PA pays for electricity sent to Gaza, leading the Israel Electric Corporation to cut over a quarter of electricity it provides to Gaza.
By Elior Levy
In two weeks’ time, Israel will cut over a quarter of the electricity it provides the Gaza Strip, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced Thursday.
Every month, Israel provides the Gaza Strip with 125 megawatts of electricity, which costs NIS 40 million on average. Israel takes that sum out of the tax money it collects for the Palestinian Authority.Two months ago, the PA decided to stop paying that sum due to a power struggle with the Hamas government. Continue Reading »
Hamas, who refuses to purchase fuel for Gaza’s local power-station, receives electricity from Israel that Abbas pays at least $11 million a month for, which Hamas then profits from after selling it to the Gazans.
• Aide to Mahmoud Abbas says next step will be to limit the free medical aid that Hamas receives for Gaza residents, but is ‘selling the medicine and pocketing the profits.’
By The Associated Press & Israel Hayom Staff
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will stop paying for electricity in the power-starved Gaza Strip and “dry up” the flow of funds to the territory’s Hamas rulers, a senior official said Wednesday. Continue Reading »
After Gaza’s sole power-plant was shut down due to Hamas’ refusal to purchase fuel, PA President Mahmoud Abbas informed Israel he is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza if Hamas does not yield some of its political control over Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.
By ADAM RASGON
PA President Mahmoud Abbas has warned over the past two weeks that he will take “unprecedented measures,” if Hamas does not concede some of its control over Gaza to the PA.
Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas (L) & Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh (R) – Google Images
The Palestinian Authority informed Israel that it is stopping all payments for electricity that enters Gaza through 10 electrical lines, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories said on Thursday. Continue Reading »
With Palestinian President Abbas not representing Hamas or the 1.8 million Gazans, “A federation between the West Bank and Gaza Strip may be better than the ongoing division,” admitted Mousa Abu Marzouk, of the Hamas Politburo, to a London-based Arabic satellite network.
By ADAM RASGON
A senior Hamas official said on Friday that a federation between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip could be a feasible solution to the ongoing division between Hamas and Fatah.
“A federation between the West Bank and Gaza Strip may be better than the ongoing division,” Mousa Abu Marzouk, the vice president of the Hamas Politburo, told Al-Ghad, a London-based Arabic satellite channel. Continue Reading »