The U.S. is focusing their efforts to improve the humanitarian conditions in Gaza with a major infusion to the strip’s crippled infrastructure, but without the involvement of PA’s autocrat Abbas, since the peace plan has remained stalled due to the entrenchment of the Palestinian leadership.
With the United States’ highly-anticipated Mideast peace plan stalled amid an ongoing diplomatic freeze-out by the Palestinians, the Trump administration is shifting its focus towards efforts to improve humanitarian conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The indignant Palestinian Authority autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas. – Photo: Reuters
A senior US official told The Post that Washington is considering a major infusion of development aid into the blockaded Palestinian enclave, demonstrating a commitment to Palestinian well-being that would make it more difficult for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to continue to snub peace talks. 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 »
Hamas leader in Gaza: ‘We will not… cannot recognize Israel and the conditions of the occupation are unacceptable….We can strike Israel for 51 minutes at the same level that we attacked Tel Aviv for 51 days.’
By Dalit Halevi
Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, is continuing his rhetoric against Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), stressing on Tuesday that the weapons held by the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s “military wing”, will continue to serve as the spearhead in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.
Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar – Screen Shot: YouTube/Arab mrdia
In a meeting with representatives of labor unions on behalf of the Palestinian Arab organizations, Sinwar said that “the Palestinian people are still at the stage of national liberation and cannot give up their weapons.” Continue Reading »
Supporting PM Netanyahu’s cabinet policy regarding the PA-Hamas reconciliation agreement, President Trump’s Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt says Hamas must disarm, abide by Quartet decisions, “and recognize the State of Israel.”
By Uzi Baruch
US Special Envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt on Wednesday issued a statement regarding the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) recent reconciliation agreement with the Hamas terror group.
President Donald Trump’s international negotiations adviser, Jason Greenblatt (left), meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem – Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO
“All parties agree that it is essential that the Palestinian Authority be able to assume full, genuine, and unhindered civil and security responsibilities in Gaza and that we work together to improve the humanitarian situation for Palestinians living there,” Greenblatt said. Continue Reading »
Arab media reports Hamas commitment, made as part of its reconciliation agreement with Fatah, is to end West Bank terrorist attacks.
– In exchange, Fatah & Hamas will coordinate future peace agreements with, and war efforts against, Israel.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsatreported this morning, Sunday, that the Hamas terror group has committed not to conduct terror activity in Judea and Samaria, within the context of a reconciliation deal with Fatah, according to NRG.
The deal, signed by the two factions in Egypt on Thursday stipulates that Hamas is to end its terror activity against Jews in Judea and Samaria. Continue Reading »
In the decade since Hamas expelled the PA from Gaza in a violent political coup, all previous reconciliation attempts between Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas failed to reach an agreement over Hamas’ position to remain armed and independent, like ‘Hezbollah in Lebanon.’
By ADAM RASGON
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday said he would not accept a scenario in the Gaza Strip, in which Hamas’s armed wing would be able to hold onto its weapons.
PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – Photo: Wikimedia
Abbas’s comments came several hours after PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Hamas Politburo Chairman Ismail Haniyeh met in Gaza in a bid to start work on ending the decade-long territorial division between the West Bank and Gaza. Continue Reading »
With Palestinian Authority denying Diab permission to enter Israel from Gaza for life-saving treatment, Palestinian social media described her death as “the martyr of the siege on Gaza.”
By MAAYAN GROISMAN
Marah Diab, a ten-year-old girl from Gaza who suffered from kidney failure, died Wednesday night after endless waiting for permission to leave Gaza for life-saving treatment, Palestinian media reported on Thursday.
Gazans wait, hoping to be given the permission to cross into Egypt, at the Rafah crossing, August 27, 2014.- Photo: AFP
Diab had been waiting for life-saving treatment abroad or in Israel ever since her kidney transplant surgery in Gaza failed. Continue Reading »
All 3 countries call on int’l community to support Fatah-Hamas gov’t, breaking their ranks with Israel.
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The new Palestinian unity government has received three welcome endorsements from major world powers India, China and Turkey, all within a day of Palestinian President Abbas swearing in a cabinet of 17 technocrats.
Women from India in Manger Square, outside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, May 25, 2014. – Photo: Reuters
All three called on the international community to throw its support behind and work with the new government, in contrast to the wishes of the Israeli government, which is seeking to punish the Palestinian Authority for forming a government with Hamas.