Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi managed to convince Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to accept the terms of a ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic terrorist group Hamas, according to a report in the London-based pan-Arab daily Al Hayat.

For months, the Palestinian leader opposed negotiations for a ceasefire because he had been sidelined from direct talks with Hamas. Abbas feared that such an agreement would perpetuate the Hamas government in the Strip and leave the Gaza PA out indefinitely.

Meeting of PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2017
Egyptian President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi meets with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas and Sisi recently met in the seaside town of Sharm al-Sheik in Sinai, where the Egyptian leader offered his Palestinian counterpart a detailed review of Egypt’s efforts, which are mediating in peace in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, as well as attempts to revive Palestinian reconciliation.

The newspaper also reported that Israel had agreed to allow Qatar to provide 90 million dollars to pay the salaries of Hamas government employees for six months, but under the condition that the U.S. be responsible for transferring the money. It is estimated that the transfer will take place in the next few days.

The newspaper added that Israel agreed as part of the first stage of the ceasefire understandings to increase exports from Gaza for the first time in years.