Created on Sunday, 22 June 2014 13:12
Written by Ari Yashar - Arutz Sheva
Azzam al-Ahmed file
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction has sent a delegation to Egypt to discuss opening the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Sinai, even as terrorists in the Hamas-enclave continue firing rockets
The delegation arrived in Cairo and is led by Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmed, who represented Fatah
in the reconciliation signed with Hamas in April and led negotiations in forming the unity government two weeks ago.
Leaders of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a group recognized as representing the "Palestinian people" but which has never renounced terror
, also are part of the delegation, according to a minister in the new unity government.
An Egyptian official revealed two weeks ago that newly elected President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's administration strongly supports the new Hamas-Fatah unity government, and is considering giving it supervision
of the Rafah Crossing.
The Crossing has been closed for months as part of an Egyptian siege
on Gaza, which has sealed off the illegal smuggling tunnels that are used to transport fuel and goods from Sinai, but also weapons and terrorists, and has consequently caused an economic collapse in Gaza.
As part of Egypt's conditions for easing its siege, Abbas would be required to re-open presidential headquarters in Gaza, said the official.
Additionally, the official stipulated that Hamas would have to separate from the Muslim Brotherhood, which it is an offshoot of, and not interfere with Egyptian affairs.
Israel has partially closed
the Kerem Shalom Crossing and the Erez Crossing to Gaza out of concern that the Hamas terrorists who kidnapped the three Israeli teens last Thursday might abscond to the Hamas enclave with them.
Unconfirmed Arab reports on Monday suggested that Israel contacted Egypt to help negotiate
the return of the three youths, even as Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Badr Abdellaty said Monday that Israel must show "maximum self-restraint
" in trying to rescue the three.