The Palestinian national unity government, formed to heal the split between Fatah and Hamas has resigned.
An inability to exert any influence in the Gaza Strip is cited as the reason.
The decision to install a technocrat administration to dilute the tension that exists between Fatah and Hamas looks to have failed.
Ihab Bseiso is a Palestinian government spokesman :
“The Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah has been calling for a reshuffle of the government for the last few months, particularly after the war in Gaza, which really needed a reshuffle to expand the government to meet all the needs for the people, particularly our people in Gaza Strip after the Israeli war.”
Hamas says that the Islamist movement had not been consulted and was opposed to any unilateral dissolution of the government.
Fawzi Barhoum spoke for Hamas: “Any changes in the government, dissolving or accepting its resignation, or forming a new government, should come through a national deal according to the “Shatia” agreement of last June. All Palestinian factions should discuss this issue because it’s very important for all Palestinians, not only for President Abbas or Fatah.”
The Gaza Strip is still in a state of devastation following the 51-day conflict with Israel during which the IDF fired 3 million bullets into the densly populated Gaza Strip and dropped around 20,000 tons of explosives.