In the wake of the Abraham Accords, the United Arab Emirates had in recent months been in contact with Hamas in Gaza about various potential infrastructure projects to improve the lives of residents there, the Globes newspaper reports.
A senior UAE official tells the paper that such projects will not move forward if Hamas does not maintain calm in the territory.
“We are still ready and willing to promote civil projects in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority and under UN management [in Gaza], but our necessary condition is calm,” the unnamed official says.
“If Hamas does not commit to complete calm, it is dooming the residents of the Strip to a life of suffering. Its leaders must understand that their policies are first and foremost hurting the people of Gaza.”