Palestinian officials were reportedly concerned over reports that the country of Qatar is aiming to establish a separate Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip; allegations which came following Qatarâs proposal of creating an international airport in Gaza.
According to Qatari ambassador Mohammad al-Emadi, Israel is yet to respond. However, they did offer an alternative solution â to have an airport on the Israeli side for Palestinian use â but this wasÂ promptly rejected.
Head of the Qatari delivery of aid to Gaza, al-Emadi toldÂ ReutersÂ that the âIsraeli side had security concerns and we told them we can resolve them by having the planes fly to Doha and return to Gaza from there and under Qatari security supervisionâ.
Despite claims of Qatar hoping to bring a better quality of life to Gaza residents, the PA has said moves like these actually counteract the intention, further deepening the divide between Palestinian factions.
The Gulf nation has been providing aid in the form of money and fuel to the Gaza Strip, which is received via political power party, Hamas. This has been openly criticized by the Palestinian Authority (PA), which believes that it is a backwards step in the reconciliation of Hamas and the PA.
In 1998, there was an international airport in Gaza which was forced to close not long after, when Israeli occupational forces bombed the runway and radar technology in 2001, during the second intifada. Should another airport be approved by Israel to be built, it would be an âassault on Palestinian sovereigntyâ, PLO official, Ahmad Majdalani toldÂ Al-Watan Voice.
âIf Qatar cares about Palestine, ending the occupation and establishing a Palestinian state, it should not meddle in our affairsâ, he said.
Palestinian Popular Struggle Front spokesperson, Mahmoud Al-Zaq believesÂ that âQatar and its envoy, Al-Emadi, are exploiting the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip to pass American and Israeli schemes,â and are being used as a puppet to make Trumpâs mysterious âdeal of the centuryâ smoother sailing.
PNN further reports that Jared Kushner, Trumpâs son-in-law and senior advisor, has revealed that the US administrationâs peace plan for Israel and Palestine will be presented in negotiations in âthe next couple of monthsâ.
So far, there seems to be good reason to believe that the deal will largely align with Israeli interest, leaving Palestine with mere fragments of land and severely limited national sovereignty.