Abbas plans ‘unprecedented steps’ on West Bank-Gaza split

Speaking to Arab ambassadors in Bahrain, Abbas expressed shock at Hamas’s decision to form an administrative committee to run affairs in Gaza.

By
April 13, 2017 23:40
Abbas United Nations Human Rights Council

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas arrives to delivers a speech during the United Nations Human Rights Council on February 27, 2017 in Geneva. (photo credit: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The Palestinian Authority is making imminent plans to take “unprecedented steps” regarding the split between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday.

Speaking to Arab ambassadors in Bahrain, Abbas expressed shock at Hamas’s decision to form an administrative committee to run affairs in Gaza.

“After 10 years in which we sent financial support to our people in Gaza, we were surprised by this unprecedented step,” he said, referring to the newly formed Hamas committee. “Thus, we will take unprecedented steps regarding the split.”

Hamas announced in March the formation of an administrative committee to govern Gaza.


Even before that action, Hamas dominated Gaza, while the PA had extremely limited control there.

A number of PA and PLO officials on Thursday said they did not know what Abbas was planning.

Tensions grew between the Fatah-dominated PA and Hamas this past week, as both sides accused the other of neglecting Gaza.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

February 23, 2019
Palestinian Authority weighs options after Israel plays tax card

By DIMA ABUMARIA/ THE MEDIA LINE