Money From Qatar
By Micah Halpern
Friday November 23, 2018
I've Been Thinking:
Hamas has received millions of dollars in aid from Qatar. The exact number, according to media coverage, is $18 million dollars.
Media coverage also says that the money they received was going to directly to pay for fuel.
Musa Abu Marzuq, a senior Hamas leader, was interviewed on Turkish media. When Abu Marzuq spoke about the transfer of Qatari funds to Gaza and said that the money "directly reached 50,000 poor families."
Abu Marzuq added that "most of the Palestinian factions are in agreement regarding a ceasefire arrangement with Israel." He did, however, also add that "the March of Return protests will continue until the blockade is completely lifted."
There is no way to know if Abu Marzuq's assessment is accurate.
Hamas has started to discuss a cease fire with Egypt to bring about a stable new status quo. But even if a cease fire with Israel is called, it is doubtful that it will be successful.
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