On February 11th, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the head of the Palestinian Authority, arrived in Doha in hopes of meeting with members of Hamas’ Politburo. The Qatari government is currently serving as a mediator between Hamas and Israel in negotiations, and Abbas believes that the government can help facilitate a meeting between himself and the leaders of Hamas’ political leadership. During his time in Doha, Abbas plans to discuss with Hamas the possibility of forming a government of technocrats within the Palestinian Authority. This new government would be responsible for overseeing the restoration of the Gaza Strip, which has been severely impacted by years of conflict and blockade.
To ensure that this new government is successful, Abbas intends to create a body under international control that will oversee the reconstruction process. By doing so, he hopes to secure funding from donors around the world who are willing to support efforts to rebuild Gaza. With this funding in place, Abbas believes that it will be possible to restore key infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, and homes that have been damaged or destroyed during previous conflicts.
Abbas’s visit to Doha comes at a crucial time for both Palestine and Qatar. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has led to widespread devastation and displacement for many Palestinians living in Gaza. Meanwhile, Qatar has been working tirelessly to mediate negotiations between Hamas and Israel in hopes of finding a peaceful solution to this longstanding conflict. By bringing together representatives from both sides, Abbas hopes that he can make progress towards resolving this complex issue once and for all.