Reconciliation agreement signing
Reconciliation agreement signing Reuters

The Palestinian Authority will assume responsibility for the Gaza border crossings instead of Hamas as part of the reconciliation process between Fatah and Hamas.

These are three crossing points - Erez, Kerem Shalom, and Rafah, and control of their Gaza side will be transferred to the Palestinian Authority, after a decade under Hamas control. The Rafah crossing is due to open only later this month.

PA Minister Rami Hamdallah said at the beginning of the week that the government under his leadership has begun to assume authority to manage the Gaza Strip and is working to improve the economic situation in Gaza and attract investments.

Hamdallah also called on the international community to put an end to the "historical injustice against the Palestinians" of the Balfour Declaration, which was declared on November 2 a century ago.

The PA minister demanded that Britain take responsibility for the Balfour Declaration, apologize for the "historic injustice" and correct it instead of marking it as planned in a festive event.

In addition, Hamdallah said that the PA must strengthen the steadfastness of the residents and create conditions that encourage economic development and investment while at the same time expecting to receive full security responsibility over Area C in Judea and Samaria.

The agreement between Hamas and Fatah is seen as a way for Hamas to abrogate responsiblity for the welfare of Gaza residents, a responsibility it did not fill, but leaves the organization with its weapons and terrorists intact.