Ramallah is working with US President Joe Biden’s administration on a plan for running Gaza after the war there, even as the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister expresses hope terror group Hamas will be a partner in the process, Bloomberg reports.
According to the news outlet, citing a senior Palestinian official, US officials recently met with premier Mohammed Shtayyeh on a plan for post-war Gaza.
“We’re not going to go there on an Israeli military plan,” Shtayyeh is quoted saying. “Our people are there. We need to put together a mechanism, something we’re working on with the international community.”
Israel says it is committed to eliminating Hamas to defend itself, a goal supported by the US, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also rebuffed the idea of the PA running Gaza.
Shtayyeh says Israel cannot eliminate Hamas, and despite the rival group’s recent slaughter of some 1,000 Israeli civilians, looks forward to working with the terror organization, refusing to condemn the October 7 attack.
“Hamas before October 7 is one thing and after it is another thing,” says Shtayyeh. “If they are ready to come to an agreement and accept the political platform of the PLO, then there will be room for talk. Palestinians should not be divided.”
He says the group cannot be eliminated. “Hamas is in Lebanon, everybody knows Hamas leadership is in Qatar and they are here in the West Bank,” he adds.
The outlet reports that Shtayyeh is set to fly to Qatar in a bid to get Doha to start sending money to the PA instead of to Hamas.