Hamas prepared to make ‘comprehensive deal’ with Israel – report | The Times of Israel – The situation has also been made worse by an ongoing dispute between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which has cut salaries it pays to workers in Gaza and has imposed various sanctions, including cutting of payments for electricity supplies to Gaza.
Al-Akhbar reported that there are two main difficulties facing any bid to improve the situation.
The first is that the PA does not want Gaza, which is supposed to be under its control, to become an independent territory run by Hamas. It has threatened to block any move that would establish the Strip as a separate entity.
The other difficulty is the Israeli demand that any improvement of conditions in Gaza be predicated on returning the Israelis held captive in the Palestinian enclave.
Two Israeli men — Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed — and the remains of two fallen soldiers — Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin — are believed held captive by the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip.