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Israel Condemns Plans for Palestinian Unity Government

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, June 1, 2014.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, June 1, 2014.
Robert Berger
— Israel has condemned Palestinian plans to inaugurate a controversial new government this week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called on the international community not to recognize the new Palestinian unity government that is due to be formed on Monday.

The new government includes the secular Palestinian Authority that controls much of the West Bank and the rival Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said the world must not embrace this government.

“Hamas is a terrorist organization that seeks Israel’s destruction,” he said.

Such a government “would not bolster peace,” Netanyahu said, “it would strengthen terror.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas decided to end a seven-year rift with Hamas after peace talks with Israel collapsed a month ago.  Hamas opposes peace negotiations and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist.  But Abbas says his peace policies will remain the official position of the government.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat says it is a golden opportunity to bring Hamas into the peace process.

“You have an opportunity to have one authority, one gun, the rule of law, a government with a program of two states recognizing Israel, renouncing violence,” he said.

President Abbas says Israel has already informed him it will boycott the new Palestinian government.

Like Israel, the United States considers Hamas to be a terrorist organization.  But America is taking a wait-and-see approach.  The State Department says it will study the composition of the new government and then determine if it is one the United States can work with, or not.
  
Israel froze U.S.-brokered peace talks with Abbas when the unity deal was announced on April 23 after numerous unsuccessful attempts at Palestinian reconciliation since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in fighting in 2007.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 02, 2014 7:45 PM
Prime Minister Netanyahu we love you, we stand with Israel. We support the cost of the Jewish people. We are praying for Israel daily that God purpose will be manifested in that land . All those who hate the Jews will be made shame. Cuz Israel is not going anywhere. I don't care who try to remove her. Let God be true and every man be a liar. Just don't believed everything people tells you, read for yourself, do your own research. All those who hate Israel are on the wrong side of history. Let all the Jews haters so their research about the emperor Hadrian and Jerusalem, and if you are done with your research, you will have to apologize to the Jews. God Bless Israel


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
June 02, 2014 7:33 PM
Israel has always wanted to live in peace with the so Call Palestinians, and every peace treaty Israel signed with the Paleastinians, they will break them. Including the Oslo peace accord. The so call Palestianians will never accept Israel as a Jewish state. Or for Israel to be in the Middle East as a nation. It is a Insult to Islam for Israel to sit in the heart of the Arab nations. So they will never and ever accept Israel. AND MARK MY WORD, THERE WILL BE NOT PEACE AMONG THE ARABS AND ISREAL. THIS IS AN ANCIENT HATRY THEY HAVE FOR THE JEWS, SINCE THE DAYS OF ISHMAEL AND ISAAC. So for the IC to believed there will be peace and ISREAL and the Palestinians living side by side. It iw never happen. They want all of Israel. And according to Ezekiel 35, after the two states solution, the Palestianians will say they want the both nations to be their. But I can guarantee anyone, Israel is secured. There is no nation in the Middle East that can defeat Israel or remove them from the Biblical home land. Including Iran. No way. Your all wasting your time. Israel is not going anywhere. Israel is God's plan and purpose in the Middle East . So it is written, so shall it be done. God Bless Israel


by: joe from: florida
June 02, 2014 1:02 PM
Israelis have created their own life of denying themselves peace, they all sleep with both eyes wide open assuming they're going to be killed if they close their eyes, what a lousy life to live when they have a choice to live in peace, they are making their neighbors very angry for their continued nagging and complaining and that is worse news to all of them.


by: barney rubble from: flintstone
June 02, 2014 5:21 AM
"Hamas opposes peace negotiations and does not recognize Israel’s right to exist."

and Naftali Bennett and his "Jewish Home" party also oppose peace negotiations and do not recognize Palestine’s right to exist. Neither do many Likud politicians such as Danny Danon.
Why has this never been a problem ?


by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey city
June 01, 2014 11:11 PM
We stand with the prime minister decision, that there should be no regcornition of the new Palestinian Government. Cuz first of all Hamas is a terrorist organization who is seeking the destruction of Israel. Hamas has made her intension clear when it comes to Israel and the Jews. It is time the ICC stand for the truth. And if the ICC embraced this Government of Unity, than the ICC has agreed with Hams for the destruction of Isreal. Secondly the ICC would be supporting terrorist organization. Now if we all want peace in that region, than it it's time that we all stand for the truth. But being very hypocritical will bring about more violence and destruction. Because the Jews will not sit there anymore for the world to make a deciesion that will jeapordised the lives of the Jewish people. Hamas is back by Hizbollah and Iran, and they are committed to the destruction of the Jews. I wonder those people that supposed to be World leaders, do they read history? There are historical evidence to proved that land is for the Jews. So this so call Government of unity is breed for more violence in the region. We support Israel and we are calling PM Netanyahu to not sit with Hamas on the negotiation table. Islam is not a religion of peace as some made think. Why don't the people sit back and look at the history of Islam, and what is happening in the world today, Islam grew throughout the world during the days of Mohammed by violence. And today as we speak, it is the only religion that causing problems throughout the world. Let us all face this truth. It is the truth and nothing else but the whole truth. God bless Israel


by: Larry from: TN USA
June 01, 2014 3:34 PM
Since Islam is such a peaceful religion and it's followers are soon tolerant of others beliefs it's hard to imagine why there can't be peace. I mean the Israelis go all over the globe terrorizing innocent people every day. Uugghh! If the Palestinian could enter the 21st century and stop the crap things could get better. Many innocents have died on both sides but really think about it. Most war and conflict in the world today is because radical Islam is intolerant of others beliefs.


by: James Feigenbaum from: USA
June 01, 2014 2:43 PM
What a surprise. Israel finds yet another excuse to stop oppressing the Palestinians. And then they bristle about being called an apartheid state. Israel does not understand the concept of democracy.


by: carin from: usa
June 01, 2014 2:41 PM
Whine whine whine, this "leader" is a great whiner.


by: alvin from: new hampshire
June 01, 2014 2:29 PM
@Alan
We could have given them Texas and nobody would have noticed or cared.


by: Nikos Retsos from: Chicago, USA
June 01, 2014 2:28 PM
Any effort to united the Palestinians, who were dispersed in other Arab countries when they lost the 1948 war and the Jews declared the genesis of the state of Israel in Palestine, has been condemned by Israel to perpetuate the current status quo - until all remaining Palestinian land is taken over by Israeli settlers. There are several documentaries on this issue, including from the acclaimed U.S. magazine "Frontline" filmed in Israel that attest to this fact. Netanyahu's reaction to these wrongdoings was this: "We just build apartments for people to live, for God's sake!" He dodged the question "On whose land?" That is why the Palestinian issue has remained unresolved for 66 years so far - and counting! Nikos Retsos, retired professor

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