Hamas Refuses $15 Billion in Development Aid on Condition of Disarmament

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Haniyeh said in an interview with a Qatari newspaper offer came from ‘parties paid off by major powers’

Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas’ political leader, has revealed that the Islamist group turned down an offer of as much as $15 billion in aid money for Gaza, which he alleged was conditional on the group laying down its arms.

 In an interview with Qatari newspaper al-Lusail, Haniyeh claimed that the offer had been made in the context of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, released earlier this year, which was projected to allocate $13.38 billion to the Gaza Strip for development, cited Times of Israel.

“There were parties that came to us two months ago, who we know had been paid off by major powers. They offered us new projects in the Gaza Strip worth about $15 billion. Of course, we said this is excellent, we want to establish an airport, port, and economic development projects in the Gaza Strip,” Haniyeh maintained.

Hamas, rulers of the Gaza Strip and Fatah, the ruling party in the West Bank, both oppose the so-called “deal of the century” and did so before the full details had been published.

Haniyeh maintained that the offer included an end to Gaza’s blockade, which both Israel and Egypt impose simultaneously. Israel’s blockade commenced on Hamas’ violent takeover of the Strip in a coup in 2007. The blockade was imposed to try and prevent the importing of weapons that threaten the Jewish state.

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