As Palestinian leaders fight over Gaza, Israel worries Hamas will go to war – The Washington Post

Israel fears Hamas might lash out with rocket fire, and the World Bank worries the strip could collapse. The United Nations on Tuesday declared that a decade of Hamas rule, Palestinian infighting and crippling blockades by Israel and Egypt have made life for people in Gaza “more and more wretched” each day.

But Abbas has said he is prepared to go even further, threatening to impose sanctions against Hamas and freeze funds for its leaders “if they continue to rule Gaza and use the money of the Palestinian people to strengthen their hold on power,” according to an interview he gave to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.

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The tough tactics by Abbas are unprecedented in the decade-long split between the rulers of Gaza and the West Bank. …

As Palestinian leaders fight over Gaza, Israel worries Hamas will go to war – The Washington Post