Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas expressed outrage that the cease-fire agreement between Israel and the Islamic terrorist group Hamas is being formulated behind his back without his participation.
A senior Fatah official in Ramallah told Channel 10 new that Abbas said, “Over my dead body there will be a ceasefire agreement between the parties”.
The official quoted in the report indicated that Abbas pointed out that the signing of an agreement without the consent of the PA is “illegal” and constitutes a “betrayal”.
Abbas was outraged, according to the report, at the attitude of Egypt, which is mediating a ceasefire, at its willingness to engage in dialogue with Hamas without his presence.
“The Egyptians are not reading the map correctly, and are damaging Palestinian national interests. The talks with Hamas, which has managed to rule Gaza through a revolution and without the agreement and cooperation of the PA, are unacceptable and indicate a challenge to the Palestinian leadership,” the official said.
A Hamas leader recently stated that a ceasefire with Israel would soon be reached after the feast of Eid al Adha, the Muslim “Feast of Sacrifice”.
Gaza has seen an increase in violence since the start of the “Return March” protests along the border in March. The clashes, which the Hamas rulers of Gaza have orchestrated, have included attacks with stones and Molotov cocktails against Israeli troops, as well as attempts to break through the border fence and attack Israeli citizens.
Palestinians in Gaza have also launched incendiary air strikes into Israel, burning thousands of acres of forest and farmland, resulting in millions of dollars in damage.
The clashes, which the Hamas rulers of Gaza have orchestrated, have included attacks with stones and Molotov cocktails against the troops, as well as attempts to break through the border fence and attack Israeli soldiers.
Palestinians in Gaza have also launched incendiary air strikes into Israel, burning thousands of acres of forest and farmland, resulting in millions of estimated shekels of damage.
At least 171 Gazans have been killed by Israeli gunfire since the start of the fighting, according to the Hamas-led health ministry. An Israeli soldier was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper. Hamas has acknowledged that dozens of Palestinian deaths were members of terrorist groups.
In addition, Israel and Hamas have engaged in several deadly exchanges of fire in recent months that resulted in terrorist groups firing hundreds of rockets and mortars into Israeli territory, including one earlier this month that was the largest escalation of violence since 2014 war.
UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov and Egyptian officials have been seeking to negotiate a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas. The two sides have fought three wars since 2008.
Israel has imposed a blockade on Gaza to prevent weapons and other military equipment from entering the Strip.