The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, warned on Wednesday that Israel's tough policy towards Gaza does not have an impact on the Palestinians alone, Anadolu has reported. "Israel's policy in the Gaza Strip is leading the Israelis themselves into a cul-de-sac," said spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri. If the oppressive measures spark off another military offensive against the people of Gaza, as has been predicted, Hamas believes that it will have an impact on the whole region.
Abu Zuhri's remarks came in the wake of the Israeli cabinet's decision to reduce electricity supplies to the besieged territory. He called on the international community to take the necessary measures towards such policies.
Prior to this, the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority in Ramallah announced that it had officially asked Israel to cut electricity supplies to Gaza. The situation, said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is completely related to a dispute between Hamas — the de facto government in Gaza — and the Ramallah-based authority.
Israeli media reported on Tuesday that there are EU and Egyptian efforts underway in a bid to resolve the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip, but nothing has emerged so far.