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US, Israel Express Concern About New Palestinian Unity Government

FILE - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah.
FILE - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas talks during a leadership meeting in Ramallah.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sworn in a new unity government between Fatah and Hamas, the two groups that have separately governed the West Bank and Gaza Strip for the past seven years.

The ceremony in Ramallah went ahead Monday after the two sides overcame a last minute dispute over a decision by Abbas to not include a ministry of prison affairs

The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concerns Sunday to Abbas about the Islamist group having a role in any Palestinian government.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Abbas assured the secretary that the government would commit to nonviolence and recognize Israel, and that Kerry said the U.S. would judge the body by its composition, policies and actions.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged world leaders not to recognize the Palestinian government, saying Sunday it will "strengthen terrorism" because Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel.

"I call on all the responsible elements in the international community not to hurry and recognize a Palestinian government which includes Hamas or leaning on Hamas," said in Hebrew. " Hamas is a terrorist organization which calls for the destruction of Israel and the international community must not embrace it. This will not strengthen peace, it will strengthen terror."

The installation of a unity government follows an agreement the Palestinian sides made in April for political cooperation.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 02, 2014 11:37 PM
The so unity Government of the Palestinian is just the beginning of the destruction of the Jewish State. The U.S recognized Hamas as a terrorist organization who is committed to the destruction of the Jewish State. Hamas has cause lot of atrocities in Israel and with in her surrounding. They are are not about peace. Their sole purpose is to hurt the Jewish nation, But at the same token, they are hurting their own people. Cause let us be clear on this one, if they fire rocket into Israel, Israel will do the same, and their own will be worst. Because they hide among the civilians to fire at Israel, and where fire comes from, fire will return.
Those are people who don't care about their own people. Cuz If they love their people so much as other think, by this time there would have been peace for both parties. But instead Hamas chooses to go down the wrong path, and Abbas is following after their foot step. Learn this parable, The baby that say the mother will not sleep at nite, the Baby himself will not sleep. So if Hamas doesn't give Israel peace, Hamas will not get peace also. This is a two way street. God Bless Israel

by: Abdul Naser from: Bangladesh
June 02, 2014 11:12 AM
Israil has became more curious about unity of the Palestinians & it has created a note able panic in the Israily developed War machines established by the western countries.The comment posted by Mladen...from Israel quoted the hadith of Rasulullah (Sm) is a truth to be occurred before the Doomsday after second coming of Prophet Jesus Christ (As). Mr. Mladen has deviated from the original hadith. He and all Israelis mismatched the revelation of Almighty Allah.

by: DEF MD from: Miami
June 02, 2014 7:53 AM
Feel compelled to put at least a short response to the ignorant comments already placed up here.

For all of Netanyahu's faults, he's a democratic leader who respects the rights of the Muslim minority and other minorities in Israel. Hamas is a grotesque terrorist organization, which advocates the extermination of the people (the Jews of Israel and of the Middle East) and openly supports terrorist acts against civilians, be they Americans, Israelis, Christians or Jews abroad.

They make no secret of this - their entrenched hatred and contempt for human rights permeates their charter and all of their statements, policies, and propaganda. They also make no secret of their admiration for Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Trying to equate Hamas and Netanyahu is sheer ignorance and lunacy. There are plenty of mosques and churches in Israel, which operate freely without restriction.

How well do churches do in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran? Much less countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh? Non-Muslims have no significant rights in those countries
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by: Abdul Naser from: Bangladesh
June 05, 2014 7:06 AM
To,Mr.DEF MD from m Miami, Dear DEF, I am not a supporter of the Hamas, I do believe that their emergence has hardened the peace process initiated by the great leader Ya-sir Arafat & supported by the US Govt.In the contrary I also did not like Mr.Netanyahu's approach to destroy & demolish Palestinian settlements and erecting forcefully undemocratically Jewish settlements. Mr.DEF you must visit Bangladesh before commenting that Non Muslims have no significant rights.I am deeply saddened due to your wrong comment.Do you know that Bangladesh is a most moderate & liberal Muslim country in the world?Do you have any idea that all citizens are equal in that country!And they are living altogether in a significant peace & tranquility!.

by: Jim beam from: united States
June 02, 2014 7:34 AM
Israel, give piece a chance! You can't surpress a people forever and expect your own security to last! Remember why and how Israel was created? You have taken on the oppressors role, is that what god teaches?
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by: Mladen Andrijasevic from: Be'er Sheva, Israel
June 02, 2014 8:05 AM
Give peace a chance?

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed concerns Sunday to Abbas about the Islamist group having a role in any Palestinian government.
Concern? Why doesn't Secretary Kerry ever ask them about Article 13 and Article 7 of the Hamas Charter? http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2014/04/off-topic-simple-question-for-catherine.html

A question for Catherine Ashton:

Since Article 13 of the Hamas Charter reads:
"There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad"

while article Article 7 of the Hamas Charter reads:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him".

and since Article 7 is taken from Hadith Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 177 and quotes the Prophet Muhammad:
"Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. "O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him."

Does Catherine Ashton believe that Hamas will abolish its Charter and renege on Muhammad’s words in the Charter?


by: Eduardo Linares-Batres from: Guatemala City, Guatemala
June 02, 2014 2:39 AM
Let the Palestinians unify; it’s more important for peace for them to be speaking with one voice than to acquiesce to the extremist desires of a hatemonger like Netanyahu.

by: farid from: Bangladesh
June 02, 2014 2:39 AM
What Netanyahu is telling full of lies world knows. What Israil is doing. Just like terrorist organisation, grabbed Palestinian land by power, blackmailing them, treating Palestinian people the same Hitler treated jews. If out of frustration any Palestinian throw stones, israil reply with air attach. Whom you are trying to fool Palestinian??? IF YOU WANT PEACE, YOU OFFER PEACE WITH EQUAL TERMS, NOT IN YOUR OWN TERMS.

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