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Israeli, U.S. Leaders Express Concern Over Palestinian Unity Government

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured, called on the international community not to recognize the Palestinian unity government. Photo: Cherie Cullen via Wikimedia Commons. – Israeli and American leaders expressed concern with the announcement of a new Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas.

In a telephone call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry “expressed concern about Hamas’s role in any such government and the importance that the new government commit to the principles of nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements with it,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on the international community not to recognize the unity government, saying such a move would “strengthen terrorism.”

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“Hamas is a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel and the international community must not embrace it,” Netanyahu said.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, called the new government “terrorists in suits” and said Israel should respond to its formation by annexing Area C of the West Bank, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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