Israel rejects talks with Palestinians

2014-06-02 20:51
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Lior Mizrahi, AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Lior Mizrahi, AFP)

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Jerusalem - Israel has issued a tough condemnation of the new Palestinian unity government, ruling out negotiations and authorizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to impose new sanctions on the Palestinians.

Israel announced its decision on Monday after Netanyahu gathered his Security Cabinet to discuss a response.

Israel is furious that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, formed a joint government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas. The government is meant to end a seven-year rift between the Palestinian rivals. Israel considers Hamas a terrorist group.

Netanyahu said: "Abu Mazen said today yes to terror, and no to peace."

Read more on:    mahmoud abbas  |  benjamin netanyahu  |  israel  |  palestine

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