A key decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office allowed the Palestinian Authority to designate the Gaza Strip as a Palestinian state and grant Hamas control of the territory.
The decision, first reported by Al Jazeera, was widely seen as a major breakthrough for the PA, which has struggled to gain the political support of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Palestinian Authority’s Fatah faction is the political arm of Hamas, which is based in Gaza.
The move is part of a broader effort by Netanyahu’s government to consolidate the PA’s hold on Gaza, which the government says has been under the control of Hamas for decades.
Israel’s foreign ministry said the decision was taken at a meeting in Israel with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who said it was part of the “political solution” to the conflict.
Maliki called the decision “a historic and historic step”.
“The decision is a historic, historic step that we have never taken before,” he said.
“It shows that the PA has come to a clear decision to recognize the Gaza State, and that the decision to do this was not an exercise of political will.
Israel has the right to decide, but it is not the responsibility of the PA. “
The Palestinian Authority is not a political party, and it cannot dictate to the Israelis what the solution to the problem is.
The decision was first reported on Thursday by the Israeli daily Haaretz, which said Netanyahu’s aides had discussed the matter at a summit of his government with the foreign ministers of Germany, the US and France. “
We believe that the Palestinian state will have to be based on mutual recognition.”
The decision was first reported on Thursday by the Israeli daily Haaretz, which said Netanyahu’s aides had discussed the matter at a summit of his government with the foreign ministers of Germany, the US and France.
Haaretz quoted Maliki as saying the Palestinian authority would take the decision on the basis of the UN’s December 2012 resolution on the status of Jerusalem, which designated the city as the capital of the Palestinian territories.
The resolution was meant to pave the way for the creation of a Palestinian national home in East Jerusalem, where Israel already maintains a Jewish majority.
The new designation, he said, “was not an Israeli decision.
It came from the Palestinians, the leadership of the Palestinians and the international community.
The Palestinians wanted it to be done on the same day, because it was in the interests of all the Palestinians.”
Maliki said Israel’s Foreign Ministry was in contact with representatives of the PLO and had offered to help with the decision, but he said he did not know if the PA would take part.
Netanyahu’s spokesman, Emmanuel Nahshon, denied any such meeting took place.
Ha’aretz also quoted the PA president Mahmoud Abbas as saying that the government was considering “the possibility of establishing a Palestinian State in the Gaza strip.”
The PA has said the Gaza territory, home to more than 4 million Palestinians, has been a buffer zone between Israel and the Palestinian territory since the creation in 1948 of the state of Israel.
The Gaza Strip, which was also the site of Israel’s 1967 war with Egypt, is also controlled by Hamas, the Islamist group that is affiliated with Iran.
A report by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said the PA and Hamas have agreed to a truce in Gaza during a ceasefire in May this year.
The report also said Hamas agreed to establish an independent administrative council in the area and to freeze the fighting between Israel’s security forces and Palestinian factions.
But the report said Israel continued to impose strict rules on the enclave, including restrictions on movement and the movement of weapons and equipment.
The UN also said in a report in December that Hamas was responsible for more than 80% of the casualties in the Israeli offensive on the Gaza enclave.