The Palestinian Authority’s head, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), arrived in Doha on the evening of February 11, hoping to meet with members of the Hamas Politburo. The government of Qatar is acting as a mediator in the negotiations between Hamas and Israel, and Abbas is interested in the Qatari government helping to organize a meeting with the leaders of Hamas’ political elite. He intends to invite them to create a government of technocrats within the Palestinian Authority, in which a body responsible for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip will be formed.
Abbas believes that by forming such a body under international control, it will enable the transfer of funds for the reconstruction of Gaza’s sector. This move could help pave the way for a lasting peace agreement between Palestine and Israel. However, it remains to be seen whether Hamas will agree to such an arrangement.
The meeting between Abbas and Hamas officials took place at a luxury hotel in Doha, where they discussed various aspects of their ongoing conflict with Israel. They also talked about ways to improve relations with other Arab nations and how to better represent their cause on an international stage.
Despite their differences, both sides agreed that finding a peaceful solution was crucial for both their peoples and for stability in the region as a whole. While there are still many obstacles to overcome, including issues related to borders and security, they both expressed hope that this meeting would mark a step towards resolving their differences and working together for a better future.