Shlomi Eldar notices that Israel appears to have accepted the Palestinian unity government
Last week, on Oct. 9, the Palestinian unity government held its first
meeting in the Gaza Strip since the 2007 overthrow. For the government
to convene, Israel was required to allow the Palestinian ministers who
reside in the West Bank to pass through its territory on their way from
Ramallah to Gaza. Officials of the Israeli administration for Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) prepared the Erez crossing for the passage of Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and his Cabinet ministers, who were quick to pose for a photo op embracing Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh, who came to greet and congratulate them.
It was not simply a procedural matter of granting permits; it was a
clear Israeli diplomatic move: to allow the Palestinian unity government
to convene in Gaza
under the auspices of the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip — the ones
whom Israel viewed as legitimate assassination targets less than two
In fact, the whole process of Gaza’s reconstruction following Operation
Protective Edge is taking shape by virtue of the unity government, which
Israel pilloried as a partner in Hamas terrorism until very recently.
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