Abbas’ ultimatum: We will rule Gaza or Hamas will rule Judea and Samaria
Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas criticized an emerging ceasefire between Israel and Hamas Saturday, saying that any aid to the Gaza Strip must go through the Judea and Samaria-based Palestinian Authority.
“We will never accept the separation of Gaza from Judea and Samaria. Either we take control of authority as it is in Gaza and Judea and Samaria—with one state, one system, one law and one weapon—or they (Hamas) takes control instead (in Gaza),” he said.
The terms of the emerging deal include efforts to improve Gaza’s infrastructure, but according to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority is the only body authorized to provide funds to Gaza.
Abbas also repeated his position that any reconciliation between his Fatah party and Hamas must include the provision that the Palestinian Authority governs Gaza, and that the PA will not agree to a Palestinian state that does not include Gaza.
“Reconciliation for us does not mean a truce, ceasefire or humanitarian assistance. Reconciliation means that unity should be reinstated,” he said.
Meanwhile, Egyptian sources told the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper, that the announcement of a deal would come soon after the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which ends on the evening of August 25.
According to Arab reports, the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas includes:
Back to 2014 cease-fire; no border riots; the opening of Kerem Shalom; expanding fishing to 9 nautical miles; a sea passage from Cyprus to Gaza overseen by Israeli security forces; electricity and wages of government employees financed by Qatar; future discussion over the returning of MIA soldiers held in Gaza.
On Wednesday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman reopened the Kerem Shalom crossing and expanded the fishing zone off Gaza to 9 nautical miles.
Despite the expectation of an agreement, Muslim terrorists rioted along the security border fence between Hamas-occupied Gaza and Israel, with rioters burning tires, throwing rocks, flying firebombs attached to kites and attempting to infiltrate into Israel in order to murder Jews, as they do every Friday after mosque.
Hamas terrorists in Gaza continue to launch firebombs attached to balloons in order to burn Israeli fields, wildlife, people’s food and livelihoods.
Over the weekend, fire department units dealt with multiple fires in Israeli towns near the Gaza border.