Jordan condemns bombing attack on Palestinian PM in Gaza


Arab nations that don't formally speak to Israel joined Israeli officials and others at the White House on Tuesday for an unusual meeting on the dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. "A great deal of time was spent discussing Hamas's failures in Gaza and the need for the Palestinian Authority to govern Gaza".

An important meeting took place at the White House yesterday, as, after weeks of long telephonic conversations, the Trump administration succeeded in bringing Arab and Israeli diplomats at the same table. For that reason, the Palestinians boycotted the meeting, a decision that drew expressions of regret from Greenblatt and other US officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy in December, when he chose to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv.

US media reports said the conference Monday was convened in Washington and attended by representatives of 20 nations, including Israel, Gulf states, and several European countries.

The roadside bomb that struck Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and General Intelligence Services chief Majid Faraj's motorcade on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip was professionally made, Deputy Interior Minister Muhammad Mansour said on Wednesday.

In related news, Hamas called for a renewal of suicide bombings against Israel on the official website of its "military wing", the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigade.

Home to some two million people, the Gaza Strip has groaned beneath a crippling Israeli/Egyptian embargo first imposed in 2007 after Hamas wrested control of the coastal enclave from forces loyal to the PA. Hamdallah, the explosion was not injured and continued the visit, during which he opened a plant for the desalination of water. But there has been little enthusiasm from the global community, frustrated after years of little progress in Gaza.