Palestinian Unity Government Holds First Gaza Meeting in Seven Years


rami-hamdallahThe ministers of the Palestinian unity government, headed by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, arrived in Gaza on Thursday to hold the government’s first meeting in the Strip in seven years.

Palestinian parties agreed last month that the unity government would assume immediate authority over Gaza before an international aid conference set for today in Cairo.

By meeting in Gaza, the unity government hopes to reassure donors that it can lead reconstruction efforts and that funds pledged for Gaza will not reach Hamas, shunned by the West as a terror group. However, it remains unclear how much authority the unity government, which reports to Abbas, will have on the ground.

{ Israel News Bureau}