Hamas, Israel agree to ease hostilities over coronavirus


“We are in the middle of a vicious cycle,” he said. “It looks like the situation hasn’t changed significantly and tensions can return in the blink of an eye.” He said that the success of Monday’s deal would depend on Israel’s willingness to implement it – something he accused the country of evading agreements with Hamas.

The deal was trumpeted by Mohammed al-Emadi, a Qatari ambassador who heads that nation’s Committee for Reconstruction of Gaza and has been commuting between Israel and Gaza for days. But while alluding to projects that Hamas has agitated for, he said the easing of tensions “paved the way” for their implementation, suggesting that work was not about to begin anyway. imminent.

Neither party has publicly disclosed the amount of Qatar’s cash infusion. A person familiar with the deal, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss it, estimated the payment at $ 27 million.

It was not immediately clear what Hamas would use this money for. Officials say Qatar’s earlier payments were used in economically dire Gaza to buy fuel, pay civil servants’ salaries and provide assistance to poor families.

Politics have hovered over the heated Gaza-Israel border in multiple ways, analysts said – particularly with an election coming up to decide Hamas’s leadership. Khaled Meshal, a former Hamas leader currently in exile in Qatar, is said to be vying to oust Ismail Haniya, Hamas’ political director based in Gaza.

Mr. Haniya and Mr. Sinwar have sought to show that they are capable of coercing Israel into making significant improvements to conditions in Gaza, whether by easing its blockade or advancing major projects.


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