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Israel’s Livni Calls Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation a ‘Bad Step’

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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni will begin peace talks in Washington on Monday evening. Photo: Antje Wildgrube/Wikimedia Commons.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni. Photo: Antje Wildgrube/Wikimedia Commons.

Times of Israel – Chief Israeli negotiator and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni struck a solemn tone on Facebook Wednesday night, calling the reconciliation agreement signed between Hamas and Fatah “a bad step.”

The agreement, by which the rival Palestinian factions agreed on Wednesday to form a unity government within five weeks and hold new elections within six months after that, was immediately panned by both Israel and the US. The Prime Minister’s Office canceled a scheduled evening meeting between Livni, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and US mediator Martin Indyk.

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