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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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