Abbas Misses Another Opportunity to Help His People

Once again, the naked truth about Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority henchmen is laid bare: Power and money are the goal — not their people’s welfare.

Abbas boycotted a recent Gaza stakeholders’ summit at the White House, called to identify real solutions to what Palestinians themselves describe as a worsening crisis in the Strip. Never before has an American administration initiated such an effort, and Palestinian leaders should have welcomed it. Israel, neighboring Arab nations, and several European countries left their politics at the door and joined the U.S. to address the deteriorating humanitarian and economic situation in Gaza.

The U.S. is attempting to do what Palestinian leadership should be doing but isn’t — addressing the plight and suffering of the Palestinian people. Instead, they play politics, scapegoat Israel, and message “our people be damned.”

Hamas controls Gaza. Because of its designation as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, Hamas wasn’t invited to the meeting. But it didn’t hesitate to denounce the gathering as an attempt by the Trump administration to impose a solution unfavorable to Palestinians.

Israel has been doing what it can to alleviate the growing crisis. It facilitates the transportation to Gaza of essential food and hygiene products, clothing, school supplies, medicines, and medical supplies. The only restricted goods are weapons, war materials, and certain items with potentially dual use. Roughly 1,000 trucks transfer supplies to the Strip daily, over three times the number prior to the 2014 Gaza conflict. Unfortunately, very little reaches Gazan civilians because Hamas siphons off supplies for its own use.

Hamas is uninterested in providing basic services to its 1.7 million residents. It hijacks millions in international aid intended for maintaining hospitals, schools, water facilities, and sanitation. It diverts construction materials from civilian projects to build terror tunnels.

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