Palestinian Authority Cabinet meeting headed by Mahmoud Abbas on July 28, 2018.
President Mahmoud Abbas file photo

The opposition of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to a long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is generating tensions between Cairo and Ramallah, according to a report by the pan-Arab daily Al Hayat, published in London.

Abbas insists that the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) should play a central role in accepting the ceasefire agreement and calls for Egyptian efforts to prioritize reconciliation between the nationalist Fatah movement, led by Abbas, and its Islamist rival, Hamas.

Abbas wants reconciliation but on his terms. In other words, under the formula of ”one country, one system, one army”. On the other hand, Hamas and other terrorist groups that control Gaza refuse to disarm. According to analysts, Hamas wants the PA to take over the daily tasks of the Gaza government, while Hamas armed organizations retain power.

Relations between Ramallah and Cairo are “very tense” according to Palestinian sources, quoted by Al Hayat.

Egypt hopes to help finalize an agreement between Israel and Hamas by next week.

Days ago, the head of Egyptian Military Intelligence visited Israel and met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of the General Security Service (Shabak), Nadav Argaman, ceasefire talks between Hamas and Israel. His intention was to visit Abbas in Ramallah, but the Palestinian president refused to meet with him.