Discussion on the issue of oil supply from Qatar has been postponed for the coming days.

Avigdor Liberman at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, July 22, 2018
Avigdor Liberman at the Kerem Shalom Crossing, July 22, 2018. (photo credit: TOVAH LAZAROFF)


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman ordered the opening of the Kerem Shalom and Erez crossings on Sunday morning.

The decision was made after consulting with the IDF, Shin Bet and COGAT following the decrease in violent incidents in the Gaza Strip during the past week.

Discussion on the issue of Qatar supplying oil to Gaza has been postponed for the coming days. Typically, the the Gaza Power Plant was able to receive fuel based off of an agreement by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. But recently, Qatar bypassed these countries and gave oil to the United Nations to go directly to the plant.

The weekend events were expected to have a significant impact on whether Israel would launch a military operation in Gaza. But the low level of activity has allowed a the situation to return to the status quo .

Palestinians in the demonstration pointed out that the protesters dispersed earlier than usual, raising speculation about a possible secret deal between Hamas and Egypt.

“The Egyptians made it clear to Hamas that Israel was this time more serious than ever and would use unprecedented force if the violence continues along the border,” said a Palestinian political analyst in the Gaza Strip. “Apparently, Hamas issued instructions to its supporters to keep a low profile.”

The IDF also said it noticed that in several places Hamas forces restrained protesters and distanced them from the security fence.

As reported by The Jerusalem Post