Israel suspends talks with Palestinian unity gov't

Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority in response to the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas.

Israel suspends talks with Palestinian unity gov't

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli's security cabinet on Monday decided to eschew peace negotiations with any Palestinian government that includes Hamas.

In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman Ofir Gendelman described Hamas as a "terrorist organization that seeks Israel's destruction".

The spokesman said that the Israeli cabinet will seek international help to bar "terrorist organizations" from participating in coming Palestinian election.

According to the statement, Netanyahu has ordered "punitive measures" against the Palestinian Authority, but without specifying which measures will be taken against the Ramallah-based authority.

The spokesman said that the Israeli cabinet held the Palestinian Authority responsible "for all operations that inflict harm against Israeli security".

"The agreement with Hamas makes [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas directly responsible for any terrorist activity from Gaza," Netanyahu said.

Abbas on Monday swore in a new unity government, in line with a reconciliation deal signed in April between Abbas' Fatah movement and Gaza-based faction Hamas.

The unity government will serve until legislative and presidential polls can be held in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israel has suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority in response to the reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas.

The move came shortly after peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel collapsed in April after Israel refused to release 26 Palestinian prisoners despite earlier pledges to do so.

Abbas retaliated by formally applying for Palestinian membership in 15 U.N. conventions and agencies.

Israel has since announced a raft of punitive measures to be taken against the Palestinians.

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