On February 11, Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), the head of the Palestinian Authority, arrived in Doha in hopes of meeting with members of the Hamas Politburo. The Qatari government is currently serving as a mediator in negotiations between Hamas and Israel, and Abbas sought their assistance in organizing a meeting with the leaders of Hamas’ political leadership.
Abbas had a specific agenda in mind for this meeting: he wanted to invite Hamas to create a government of technocrats within the Palestinian Authority. This new body would be responsible for overseeing the restoration of the Gaza Strip, which has been severely damaged by years of conflict and blockade.
To ensure that this new body was successful, Abbas proposed that it be placed under international control. This would allow for funds to be transferred directly to the reconstruction efforts in Gaza, without any interference from either Hamas or Israel.
While it remains to be seen whether this proposal will be accepted by Hamas and other stakeholders involved in the negotiations, Abbas’ visit to Doha marks an important step forward in efforts to bring peace and stability to the region.