Hamas ‘Satisfied’ With Cease-Fire Deal So Far, It Says

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Palestinians receive financial aid as part of $480 million in aid allocated by Qatar, at a post office in Gaza City on Monday. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

After distributing millions of dollars to Gaza families Monday, with the money supplied by Qatar delivered to the terror group, Hamas on Tuesday said that it was “satisfied” with the results of the understandings between it and Israel that led to the end of the latest round of fighting the weekend before last. And if Israel wanted to maintain that quiet, it needed to continue following through on the understandings, as that will “contribute to the maintenance of calm and stability on the Gaza border.”

According to Gaza sources, Qatar’s representative Muhammad Al-Amadi entered Gaza Monday, together with U.N. representative Nikolai Maldenov. Al-Amadi handed over millions of dollars in cash, which Hamas then distributed to 100,000 families in Gaza, with each family getting $100.

According to reports in the Arab media, Israel agreed to allow Qatar to transfer some $30 million to Hamas beginning this month, double the amount it had been getting for the past six months.

Among the other understandings in the deal is an increase in the amount and scope of goods Israel admits into Gaza at the border crossings, as well as increasing the range that Gaza fisherman can fish to 15 nautical miles off the coast.

Meanwhile, Yisrael Hayom said, Israeli officials were preparing for very large-scale riots at the Gaza border this Friday. The convergence of Ramadan, Nakba Day, and the final of an international event being held in Tel Aviv, provides Hamas with an unprecedented world stage to present its case, and it will do so – most likely with violence – on Friday. With that, Israeli officials are hopeful that Hamas will limit the violence as it did in the riots last Friday, in which Hamas operatives worked the crowd to ensure that they did not try to break through the border fence or directly attack IDF soldiers, the report said.