Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently traveled to Doha, Qatar, at the invitation of the country’s prince to discuss expanding his organization’s influence in the Gaza Strip following the conflict. Prior to the visit, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken urged Abbas to prepare for the post-war period by forming a more representative government and developing plans for reform and rehabilitation.
According to reports, Abbas briefed Blinken on ongoing preparations for a new government, a rehabilitation plan, and reforms to the PA’s administrative, legal, and economic systems. Hamas officials expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority on rebuilding the Gaza Strip but emphasized the need for a government and Reconstruction Authority that includes a range of Palestinian political forces and independent national figures.
Hamas pledged not to disrupt efforts to rebuild the Strip and support its residents in recovering from the effects of war. The visit highlighted the ongoing efforts to address post-war challenges in Gaza and underscored the importance of cooperation between Palestinian political forces for regional reconstruction.