The Gulf nations said in a statement they would set up a joint office in Gaza to carry out reconstruction on their own, deciding on projects and implementing them. The international community refuses to negotiate with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers. Hamas was not invited to the conference. But Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ government, based in the West Bank, has little presence in Gaza after being driven out by Hamas in 2007.
With the move, Gulf countries may be trying to signal to Hamas that Gulf nations are not favoring Abbas, hoping to encourage the militant group to moderate and reconcile with his Palestinian Authority.