Israel, Hamas edge towards settlement on mechanism for Qatari help cash

Palestinian press reported yesterday that the UN approved a new mechanism to send Qatari aid funds to needy families in Gaza. In the past few years, Qatari envoys came to Israel every six months and drove from there to the Strip with suitcases full of cash. Once the money was in place, it was given to a representative of the families in need to be distributed at the post offices. According to reports, the new mechanism would result in the aid money being transferred to the strips through Palestinian banks in the West Bank under the supervision of the UN. This new mechanism would guarantee better control of money. It will only refer to charity funds, not the salaries of Gaza Strip officials. This solution was apparently promoted by the UN special envoy for the Tor Wensland region. The report also alleged that neither Israel nor Hamas objected to it.

The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar published this morning that Hamas had agreed to one in talks with international and Qatari officials mechanism through which Qatari money would be distributed through Palestinian banks and under the supervision of the UN. Official Israeli sources unnamed yesterday said Israel’s army radio that the reports of such a new mechanism were not accurate. However, if such a mechanism is actually put in place, it should not only help combat the dire economic crisis in the Strip, but also lay the foundation for promoting an agreement between Israel and Hamas.

In recent years, the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the new Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman have repeatedly voiced criticism of the suitcase-cash procedure and accused the then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of financing the Hamas terrorism. That was actually the background too Liberman resigns 2018 from his position as Minister of Defense in the Netanyahu government. Israel’s new government has insisted that a new mechanism be put in place to transfer donations to Gaza through a UN fund. Such a fund would directly finance development projects in the strip, bypassing Hamas’ involvement, and preventing the money from being used to dig attack tunnels or manufacture weapons.

Although ready to negotiate, developments on the border over the past two weeks reflect the military strategy of the new Israeli government against any terrorist attacks from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Air Force attacked July 3 Targets in Gaza and retaliatory strikes over fire balloons that were shot down from the Strip during the weekend. Targets included a Hamas rocket launcher and an arms factory. As early as July 1, IDF jets struck another Hamas arms factory in Gaza in response to the fire balloons launched on the same day.

Minister for Diaspora Affairs Nachman Shai said yesterday (July 4th): reacts more violently [than the Netanyahu government]. This is not a fixed formula for an air strike for everyone [incendiary] Balloon for an air force attack … Basically it is clear that Israel is not prepared to accept any violation of sovereignty – not even by one [arson] Balloon.”

surgery Guardian of the walls ended May 21 after Hamas and Islamic Jihad fired nearly 4,400 rockets at Israel over a twelve-day period. During these days of fighting, the IDF struck back and transported more than 1,500 targets from the two groups. A truce brokered by Egypt ended the fighting and offered a short-term solution. Since then, Egypt has been pushing for a long-term deal. Israeli commentator Tal Schneider reported On July 1, Cairo appointed the experienced mediator Ahmad Abd al-Khalek to its negotiating team, which Jerusalem sees as an intensified mediation effort and before an expected visit by Bennett to Washington. Although no date has been set for such a trip, President Joe Biden told visiting President Reuven Rivlin last week that he expected to meet the Israeli Prime Minister as soon as possible.

While the situation on the border with Gaza had deteriorated in recent days and more and more hot balloons ignited bushfires in the southern communities of Israel, Egypt appears to be continuing its mediation efforts to reach an agreement between the sides. A senior Israeli security delegation visited Cairo last week for mediated talks and is expected to return this week. The delegation included National Security Council official Nimrod Gez, Israel’s chief negotiator for the release of Israelis detained by Hamas Yaron Blum, and several other senior security officials.

As Prime Minister, Bennett had made it clear that a long-term deal with Hamas would have to include the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin to Israel and the release of the two Israeli civilians, Avraham Avera Mengistu and Hisham from Hamas. al-Sayed are being held. IDF seniors have said in recent days that any agreement to relax the restriction on the closure of Gaza must include progress on this issue. A Palestinian report last week said Israel could consent to the release of some sick Hamas prisoners in exchange for information on the physical and mental health of Israeli prisoners. Mediated talks are reportedly blocked in Israel as Hamas insists that prisoners responsible for the killing of Israelis also be included in the prisoner exchange.

UN to play position in new technique of transferring Qatari cash to Gaza — report

The United Nations will play a role in a new agreed mechanism to facilitate the transfer of Qatari money to Gaza, a report said Saturday.

The Channel 12 News without sources report stated that the Palestinian Authority would not be involved in the transfer of the cash, but that it would instead be done through the UN.

In addition, the report states that the money will not be transferred in cash cases, as in the past, but will reach the enclave via “other routes” without giving any further details.

Shortly after a ceasefire between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas came into effect last month after eleven days of fighting, announced that it would allocate $ 500 million to rebuild Gaza.

In recent years, with Israel’s consent, Qatar has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to enable the Hamas rulers in the Gaza Strip to pay for fuel for the Strip’s power plant, pay civil servants and aid tens of thousands of impoverished families. The Gulf state had already pledged $ 360 million aid to Gaza earlier this year.

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However, the payment of millions of dollars has not been sent since last month’s conflict as Israel refused to let the money in the strip until the terrorist group released two civilians and two bodies of IDF soldiers they were holding.

Clockwise from top left: Oron Shaul, Avera Mengistu, Hadar Goldin and Hisham al-Sayed (Flash 90 / Courtesy)

Egypt also opposed resuming payments to Qatar, insisting that a new mechanism be used to transfer them to Gaza so they don’t reach Hamas.

Qatar denies frequent allegations that the money went to terrorist groups in the enclave and says Israel knows how the money is being distributed.

Hamas was reportedly frustrated by the delays in receiving the latest aid supplies, a factor that allegedly contributed to the recurrence of the terrorist group’s balloon arson attacks.

Firefighters are trying to put out a fire in southern Israel that was triggered on June 15, 2021 by a balloon-borne incendiary device fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. (Flash90)

Meanwhile, the new government’s senior security cabinet was due to meet for the first time on Sunday to reportedly approve operational plans for a possible resumption of hostilities in the Gaza Strip.

Channel 13 news reported that IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and Defense Secretary Benny Gantz ‘plans were made on the premise that fighting in Gaza may not have ended and that preparations should be made for possible further rounds of violence.

The meeting comes after Israel carried out retaliatory air strikes in Gaza following balloon-supported arson attacks from the coastal enclave last week. The latest Strikes Thursday evening were far larger and more forceful than those launched earlier this week in response to similar air strikes from the strip, and appeared to be Israel’s most significant retaliation at fire balloons in three years since Palestinian terrorists used the tactic.

Masked Palestinian members of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group launch fire balloons from Gaza towards Israel on June 15, 2021. (Atia Mohammed / FLASH90)

After the strikes, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said On Saturday, Gaza terrorist groups sent a message to Egyptian mediators warning of a violent reaction if Israel continues to launch attacks on the strip in response to attacks that have burned crops and open land in southern Israel.

Khader Habib told the Al Ayam newspaper that if the retaliatory strikes and blockade of the Strip, which Israel deems necessary to prevent terrorist groups from building military capabilities, continue, “the [terror] Organizations will react in a similar way. “

“We will not allow the Israeli government to impose conditions on the resistance or isolate Gaza,” Habib said, according to public broadcaster Kan, adding that the terrorist groups have already drawn up a plan if Israel continues its actions.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report.

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