Hamas, dominant in Gaza, and West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction sealed a deal last week in Cairo in which Hamas agreed to cede administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing.
Last month, Hamas agreed to cede powers in Gaza to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah-backed government in a deal mediated by Egypt.
The view was unequivocally supported by the representatives of Bolivia and Uruguay, two of the ten non-permanent members of the Security Council in addition to five permanent members
Israel, however, does not trust the move and feels that the new Hamas policy document is meant to fool the world into believing they have become moderate.
While the western media is eulogising Shimon Peres, the Arab media has accused him of being a Zionist and committing war crimes.
Israel agreed to pay out $20 million to the bereaved and wounded from the May 2010 raid, in return for Turkey dropping outstanding legal claims.
A report released on July 1, by the so-called ‘Quartet’ – US, EU, UN and Russia – called on Israel to stop its policy of building settlements on occupied land and restricting Palestinian development.
Israel and Turkey have stepped up efforts to patch up a relationship badly damaged following an Israeli raid in 2010 on a Turkish boat which had been trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip.