Thursday, November 2, 2017

Israel demands PA bars Hamas from Gaza border crossings - Daniel Siryoti and Lilach Shoval

by Daniel Siryoti and Lilach Shoval 

On Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's order, Israel informs PA it will not allow Hamas to be part of new security arrangements.

Fatah and Hamas officials at the handover ceremony of the 
Rafah crossing between Gaza Strip and Egypt  
Photo: AFP

Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai on Wednesday instructed the Coordination and Liaison Authority to set up work meetings with the Palestinian Authority on the issue of Gaza Strip border crossings with Israel.

Hamas on Wednesday surrendered control of the Kerem Shalom crossing, through which goods enter the strip, and the Erez crossing, which Palestinians use to enter and exit Israel, to the PA's security forces as part of the reconciliation deal between the rival Palestinian factions.

The terrorist group had seized control of the crossings during its military coup in 2007, when it ousted the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority from the coastal enclave.

Mordechai's office said the meetings aim to outline new work procedures and ensure the security criteria Israel wishes to maintain in order to preserve the crossings' routine operations.

On Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman's order, Mordechai's office has already informed the Palestinian Authority that it will not allow Hamas representatives to be part of the new security arrangements at the crossings.

Daniel Siryoti and Lilach Shoval


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