Israel, White House discussing Trump visit - Israeli official

"Today proves that, since 10 years, Gaza and the West Bank have united in one activity, today this has been achieved, which proves that the Palestinian people are united by struggle and resistance and are divided by politics".

Gaza, a tiny territory of 2 million people on the Mediterranean, has suffered through increasing hardship since the Hamas takeover, which triggered a border blockade by neighboring Israel and Egypt.

GAZA, Palestinian Territory - Gaza's ruling Hamas movement says it will not be cowed by threatened funding cuts, signalling escalating tensions between the militant group and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Israeli authorities do not always agree with our findings, but, in facilitating the ability of our staff to carry out our research and documentation, they have taken an important step to safeguard the principle of transparency and demonstrate their openness to criticism".

"Easing of Israeli restrictions on external trade and opening up access to Gaza is essential to expand private sector growth and employment", the report said. Their studies were halted in 2011 after Palestinian officials rejected overtures to start peace talks and refused to offer Israel any evidence that captured soldier Gilad Shalit was still alive. "He has been in prison for 13 years", Rashidi said.

Tensions between Israel and Palestine have continued to escalate throughout the years. Reconciliation attempts since then between rival governments in the West Bank and Gaza have failed.

Regaining a measure of control over Gaza could empower Mr Abbas politically as Israel and the Palestinians await a widely expected push by U.S. president Donald Trump for a revival of peace efforts that stalled in 2014.

Israel now provides the Gaza Strip with 120 megawatts of electricity, while Egypt provides an additional 32 megawatts.

Israeli forces also captured Hamas leader, Fazea Sawafteh, as well as Samir Abu Muhsin, Osama Sawafteh and Lut Bisharat.

Economists said the wage cuts would also shrink the tax revenue collected by Hamas - which it in turn uses to pay the 40,000 employees it has hired in Gaza since 2007.

"I want to send a message that I am with the prisoners".

Lawyers had got Israel's supreme court to declare the ban illegal, but "were surprised to find they were still not permitted to visit detainees on the pretext that their health did not allow it", Barghouthi added.

Fatah held Israel responsible for Barghouti's life, while Kaddoura Fares, president of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, said they have little information about Barghouti but they know he is suffering from low blood sugar and pressure and that he is refusing to take any medical treatment.

  • Leroy Wright