An Egyptian intelligence delegation, headed by General Weil Safta, deputy commander of Cairo’s intelligence service, and Brigadier General Ahmad Abad el-Hallach, arrived in Ramallah on Tuesday for a visit that was described as “urgent.”
The delegation is planning to hold a series of consultations on the Gazan ceasefire and on steps to calm tensions. The two Egyptians were integral in managing the negotiations between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, which resulted in an open-ended ceasefire taking effect on August 26 to end the 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict which raged over the summer.
However, in the aftermath of the fighting, tensions between Hamas and Fatah are delaying the steps that will rebuild Gaza and improve the situation there, according to senior Palestinian officials.
Since the ceasefire came into effect, the sides have still not made any decisions or taken any actions regarding the rebuilding of Gaza.
In addition, there is still no agreement between the PA and Hamas about the transfer of funds to pay the salaries of Hamas clerks in Gaza, a central sticking point in the Fatah-Hamas unity government negotiations which were taking place before the outbreak of Israel-Hamas hostilities this summer.
According to sources in Gaza, at the Gazan crossing points there has been no change regarding the entrance of materials into the Strip. Import of building materials into Gaza has long been monitored by both Israel and Egypt.
The PA has established a committee composed of Fatah members which will establish a strategic dialogue with Hamas and force the Islamist organization to decide whether to turn toward full partnership or “divorce,” Palestinian sources say.