Israel warns world on Palestine government

June 1, 2014 9:12 PM

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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: World governments should not rush to approve the new Palestinian Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday after the Palestinians accused Israel of punishing them over a unity deal. “I call on all responsible elements within the international community not to hurry to recognize the Palestinian government that Hamas is part of, and which relies on Hamas,” the Israeli premier told ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting, saying it would “strengthen terror.”

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said the new government, which is to be sworn in Monday in Ramallah, will be a government of political independents that will reject violence, recognize Israel and abide by all existing agreements.

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