Qatari Ambassador to Gaza Mohammed al-Emadileaves following a press conference at the Dar al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.
(photo credit: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
Hamas threatened Israel through western and regional mediators on Sunday because of the delay of the Qatari money transfer, according to Hadashot News.
"If Israel does not transfer the Qatari money, Hamas will escalate the situation on the ground," a report from Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic international newspaper located in London, quoted Hamas as saying. The terrorist organization also demanded that the fishing area be expanded and the blockade on prohibiting goods into Gaza be stopped.
After delaying the third installment of the $15 million, the payment was scheduled to be delivered to Hamas on Sunday or Monday.
Former defense minister and chairman of the Yisrael Beytenu party MK Avigdor Liberman bashed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for leaving to Chad as the Qatari money is scheduled to be transferred to Hamas.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went tonight for an important political visit to Chad. And who comes in his place? The Qatari envoy, who brings in an additional $15 million in cash earmarked for Hamas," Liberman said. "This is the continuation of the process of surrendering to terrorists and Hamas, and no political visit to Africa can cover that up.
"The government of Israel must stop the transfer of Qatari money, fuel and any additional equipment to Gaza and make sure every concession to Gaza is only in return for the release of our soldiers and citizens who are held by Hamas!"