The national consensus government took office in June following a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, ending seven years of rival administrations in the West Bank and Gaza.
Technocratic in nature, its mandate was to unify governance of the two territories and prepare for elections. It was later tasked with rebuilding Gaza after a deadly summer war with Israel.
A spate of bombings last month targeting the property of Fatah officials in Gaza prompted Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to cancel a scheduled visit.
Haniyeh accused the government of acting selectively in a manner that was “harmful” to Gaza and said he was “not optimistic” that the current visit would manage to get things “back on track.”
“Unfortunately, the government has not managed to prove it is the government of the entire Palestinian people,” said Haniyeh, the Gaza-based deputy head of Hamas’s politburo.
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