By: Adnan Abu Amer
The humanitarian situation in Gaza has been deteriorating severely after Hamas’ had rejected to receive the Qatari cash tranche following the Israeli Occupation’s failure to abide by the ceasefire talks, brokered by the United Nations, Egypt, and Qatar, and imposed new conditions on the money entering the besieged enclave, including ending the Great March of Return protests.
Amid these developments, Israeli sources reported that the international diplomats who arrived in Gaza early this month told the Israeli Occupation about what they dubbed as scenarios suggested by Hamas: PA President Mahmoud Abbas assumes his responsibilities towards Gaza, which is very difficult right now, put Gaza under the control of the UN and Egypt, or go into an all-out confrontation with the Israeli Occupation. Then, international forces will arrive in Gaza.
It appears that the humanitarian situation in Gaza is aggravating day by day due to the Israeli siege and the PA’s sanctions on the impoverished territory. The last months saw Palestinian-Arab-international talks to break the Israeli siege on Gaza and prevent a collapse in the coastal enclave, as the continuation of the blockade wouldn’t keep calm in Gaza, the point that all sides are concerned about.
After analysing the scenarios circulated by Israeli sources, one can see that each scenario has a different challenge. The PA would not come back to Gaza, without Hamas giving up its weapons as part of the empowerment of the consensus government in the coastal territory. Egypt and the UN seem to have no interest in managing Gaza’s affairs, without the participation of the PA, which enjoys global legitimacy. The Palestinian people have failed to pressure the Israeli Occupation to lift or ease its siege on Gaza throughout the past three Israeli offensives on the blockaded enclave.
The aforementioned scenarios, on which Hamas has not made any remarks, is a new maneuver aimed to send messages to the Israeli Occupation, suggesting an imminent explosion of the situation in Gaza that would bring horrific outcomes not only for the Israeli occupation but also for the region. Hamas, according to people adhering to this viewpoint, may want to warn against the continuation of the Gaza siege, which means that the explosion this time is nearer more than any previous one.
Finally, the challenge facing the Palestinian people, in general, is that they are hit by several crises, while the Israeli Occupation seems indifferent to the deteriorating situation in the coastal enclave, as it embraces a new-old policy of keeping the status quo and stalling to buy more time.
The Israeli Occupation had been following this policy throughout three decades of negotiations with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, but failed to achieve its goals. Today, the Israeli Occupation is trying to do the same with Hamas in hopes of achieving the same goal.