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Hamas and Fatah at signing of historic reconciliation April 2014 (photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

(Update below)

Big swearing in ceremony tomorrow for Palestine’s new unity government.  Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will swear in between 15 and 17 cabinet ministers, some likely via video from Gaza. Israel has already informed Abbas they are boycotting the new government, an interim body who will partly function in preparation for presidential and parliamentary elections in six months.

Netanyahu is urging foreign governments not to recognize the new government under the pretext it would “strengthen terrorism“.

Haaretz reports Rami Hamdallah will lead the new government. He was prime minister before  but previously unrecognized by Hamas.  The news was first reported when Abbas told a group of activists yesterday a united Palestinian Government would be announced on Monday.

“The announcement of the government will be on Monday,” he said during a meeting with several dozen pro-Palestinian activists from France. “The Israelis informed us today that they are going to boycott us immediately after we form the government.”

“They are going to withhold our money,” he said, referring to the monthly transfers. “This is our money, not aid from Israel, and we will not stay silent. They want to punish us because we have an agreement with Hamas, which is part of our people…We say (the government) is going to recognize Israel, denounce violence and recognize the international agreements,” he said, echoing the international community’s conditions for dealing with Hamas. “This is a technocrat government. It has nothing to do with Fatah, Hamas or any factions.”

Abbas then claimed Palestine would react to any action taken by Israel as a result of their governments’ unifying formation. Though he didn’t say what kind of reaction,  Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh notes Abbas has said in the past Palestine might “step up efforts” to gain further international recognition.

In April Rashid Khalidi said it’s time for Palestinians to get off their knees and turn to Europe and International Criminal Court. Let’s hope that’s the kind of stepped up efforts (“Plan B“) Abbas is referencing, although the US is absolutely adamantly against it. There are also factions in the Israeli government advocating a Plan B that includes unilateral annexation of Area C, 60% of the West Bank.

When Hamas and Fatah signed a historic reconciliation deal in April Israel was livid and announced they were backing out of the “peace talks” and under no circumstance would they negotiate with a government backed by Hamas. At the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday Netanyahu reiterated his position:

“I call on all responsible elements in the international community not to run to recognise a Palestinian government of which Hamas is a part or which rests on Hamas,” Mr Netanyahu said in remarks before the weekly meeting of his cabinet.

“Hamas is a terrorist organisation that calls for the destruction of Israel, and the international community must not embrace it. This will not strengthen peace; it will strengthen terrorism.

This would be the first Palestinian unity government formed since the UN overwhelmingly recognized the State of Palestine as a UN non-member observer state in November 2012.

Update:

 Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, center, poses for a photograph with the members of the new Palestinian unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah today. (photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images )

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, center, poses for a photograph with the members of the new Palestinian unity government in the West Bank city of Ramallah today. (photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty Images )

Palestinians formed a unity government today. During a 10 minute ceremony in Ramallah 17 ministers were sworn in by President Abbas.

Bloomberg reports:

“Today we declare an end to the split and regaining unity of the homeland,” Abbas said in remarks broadcast after the ceremony on Palestine TV. “This black page in our history has been closed forever.”

The unity government “starts working and performing today,” said Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas spokesman in Gaza.

….

Less than an hour before the ceremony was scheduled to begin, Fatah official Amin Maqbool said a compromise had been reached, according to an official Hamas website.

Abbas’ decision to share power with Hamas may carry a heavy financial price. Western powers and Israel have already threatened to withhold more than $2 billion a year — half of the Palestinian Authority’s budget — if the deal went through.

Without the aid, the PA may struggle to keep writing paychecks for its 170,000 employees, undermining 20 years of government-building efforts.

Under U.S. anti-terrorism law, there’s a risk the annual $440 million that American taxpayers contribute to Palestinian society will be frozen, and similar constraints govern the European grant of 426 million euros ($584 million), the European Union has said. Israel has warned it will withhold at least some of the $1.2 billion it collects annually for the Palestinians in customs tariffs and other payments.

The Arab League pledged to make up for any aid cut over the reconciliation agreement…

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  1. just
    June 1, 2014, 8:17 pm

    There is awesome strength in unity and solidarity– I wish them great success, of course!

    Let Bibi & Co. rant/rail/threaten/revile– they do it so well. Hopefully it will fall on deaf ears.

    • just
      June 1, 2014, 8:32 pm

      By the way, Israel never wants us to negotiate with anyone– ever! I think it’s a dirty word to the ‘powerful’ in Israel. Just look how they have tried to undermine our negotiations with Iran! It’s in our best interests to normalize relations with Iran. They’ve shown that they have no interest in peace with their neighbors– we have to cut them off and pursue what is in our OWN interests and the interests of the many willing partners out ‘there’.

      The status quo is insufferable for too many all around this beautiful blue ball that we share.

      • FreddyV
        June 2, 2014, 5:19 am

        @Just:

        Do bear in mind that Israel bankrolled Hamas in order to divide the Palestinian people and in the hope they’d all catch religion. One Israeli comment went along the lines of “How can they fight us if they’re on their knees five times a day?”.

        Israel are truly showing their true colours by boycotting. The unity government have pledged to recognise Israel and denounce violence. Effectively, even if we take the line that Hamas is a terrooriist organisation, if they cease to engage in terrorist acts (read resistance), and become the only party with which to engage in negotiations with, then that’s who you negotiate with.

        Oh, silly me. I was thinking for a second that Israel actually wants negotiations / a solution / peace. Nope, they don’t want any of those things.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        June 2, 2014, 7:05 am

        What Israel wanted and was trying to provoke was a Palestinian civil war in which “their guys” would have crushed the “terrorists” — and then Israel would have negotiated an agreement with the victors. They are naturally very upset that the Palestinians managed to avoid a civil war and it will take them a few years to adapt to the unexpected scenario.

      • just
        June 2, 2014, 7:12 am

        “and then Israel would have negotiated an agreement with the victors”

        Nope. Israel doesn’t do negotiations.

        ” it will take them a few years to adapt to the unexpected scenario.”

        And everyone else will move on… Israel doesn’t have a “few years to adapt”. It doesn’t do ‘adapt’ either. It will have to be cut off at the $ and veto teat.

      • just
        June 2, 2014, 7:07 am

        Spot- on, FreddyV.

      • Stephen Shenfield
        June 2, 2014, 8:13 am

        You didn’t catch on that I was writing (as I often do) in ironic mode. It’s true that “negotiating” really means “imposing.” My main point is that over the last few years the Israelis have been pursuing a certain strategy that they thought would lead to the result they wanted — a completely subservient puppet “state” as sole partner on the Palestinian side. But the Palestinians outwitted them and thwarted their strategy. It’s rather important to register the point that the Israelis are not omnipotent and do not always win. In the wake of their defeat the Israelis are bound to be peevish. They may come up with a new strategy, but that will take a while and in the meantime they are in a position of unprecedented political and diplomatic weakness that the Palestinians will hopefully exploit to the hilt.

      • just
        June 2, 2014, 8:17 am

        Sorry I missed that irony Stephen.

  2. Kay24
    June 1, 2014, 10:30 pm

    Bibi is asking other nations to not recognize this united government. He also says that Kerry has informed him that the US will not recognize them right now.
    “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has promised Israel that America will not immediately recognize the new Palestinian unity government expected to be sworn in Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the security cabinet on Sunday, according to two ministers at the meeting.” – Haaretz

    Either Bibi is exaggerating, or the US is, as usual, trying to calm Bibi down, by giving in to his demands, before Bibi throws a major tantrum for not getting his way.
    Bibi is sounding more and more like a sore loser, and he is isolating Israel.
    Most probably, most of the world will recognize the Palestinian unity government, and work with them. Bibi has been dragged kicking and screaming, to the peace table, and has refused to cooperate with the US. Iran has begun to look better, and more reasonable, as it has cooperated with the UN and other nations, and even opened it’s sites for UN inspections. Perhaps the Iranians should hold up that cartoon bomb, and tell the world just how dangerous Israel is.
    Congratulations to the Palestinians hope they stay united.,

    • Annie Robbins
      June 2, 2014, 12:31 am

      Bibi is asking other nations to not recognize this united government.

      there’s a quote from netanyahu in the last blockquote above.

      Kerry has promised Israel that America will not immediately recognize the new Palestinian unity government

      this is what’s being widely reported:

      During his telephone call with Abbas, 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.

      “President Abbas assured the secretary that the new government would be committed to these principles.”

      Kerry stressed that the United States would “judge any government based on its composition, policies, and actions,” Psaki added in a statement.

      http://www.brecorder.com/top-news/1-front-top-news/175691-kerry-voices-concern-about-hamas-in-palestinian-government.html

      and then israel started bombing gaza.

      kerry is meeting w/abbas in jordan on wednesday. so while he might not be ‘recognizing’ palestines government, he’s still meeting with them. http://www.albawaba.com/news/kerry-abbas-talks-580474

      • Hostage
        June 2, 2014, 7:10 pm

        Kerry has promised Israel that America will not immediately recognize the new Palestinian unity government . . . kerry is meeting w/abbas in jordan on wednesday. so while he might not be ‘recognizing’ palestines government, he’s still meeting with them.

        The United States conduct towards the Palestinians has always been completely nonsensical and incompatible with non-recognition in any event. The US and Israel are constantly attempting to impose international obligations on the Palestinians that only apply to states, while pretending that Palestine isn’t one. Under customary international law, you can recognize a state, while refusing to recognize the legitimacy of its governing regime or refusing to establish diplomatic relations, but not vice versa. The “thing” that a government or regime governs is always a “state”.

        Obviously, if you are giving a government $450 million a year, you’ve already recognized it. As for new governments, if the US is continuing to do business with the new one, that’s the usual way that recognition is expressed, i.e.

        Since 1970 the United States has moved away from its older recognition practice. “In recent years, U. S. practice has been to deemphasize and avoid the use of recognition
        in cases of changes of governments and to concern ourselves with the question of whether we wish to have diplomatic relations with the new governments.’’ [1977] Digest of U.S. Practice in Int’l L. 19-21. Repeatedly, the State Department has responded to inquiries with the statement: “The question of recognition does not arise: we are conducting our relations with the new government.” [1974] Id. at 13: [1975] Id. at 34.

        — The Restatement (Third) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, Volume 1, § 203, Recognition or Acceptance of Governments, Reporter’s Note 1, page 86.

  3. seafoid
    June 1, 2014, 11:09 pm

    Israel wouldn’t negotiate with the palestinians because they were divided and won’t negotiate now because they are unified

    Zionism is so nihilistically pointless

    I feel so sorry for the prophets. They had no idea how useless their descendants would turn out to be

    • RoHa
      June 2, 2014, 12:03 am

      “I feel so sorry for the prophets. They had no idea how useless their descendants would turn out to be.”

      It seems to me they spent a fair amount of their time ranting about how useless their contemporaries were, so they might have guessed that there would not be much change.

    • W.Jones
      June 2, 2014, 1:12 am

      They had no idea how useless their descendants would turn out to be

      This depends on whether you mean physical or spiritual descent (eg. the righteous remnant).

  4. Real Jew
    June 1, 2014, 11:14 pm

    Bibi doesnt want a unified Palestinian govt because there’s no possible way to negotiate peace unless all parties are involved and working towards the same goal. As Just mentioned Israel never chooses to negotiate with their neighbors (Iran for example). What does that say about a country who favors armed conflict rather than diplomacy?

  5. michelle
    June 2, 2014, 1:04 am

    one wonders, will Palestine be
    the example of effective & open diplomacy
    that ‘they’ are making such efforts under
    such unfair conditions is truly inspiring

  6. Justpassingby
    June 2, 2014, 3:55 am

    Sure the corrupt abbas dont wanna leave power..
    Response by israel? War.

  7. Walid
    June 2, 2014, 4:20 am

    More trouble in the formation of the government and this time, the US appears involved in the problem that concerns Palestinian prisoners; from Maan today:

    Hamas will not join unity govt without minister of prisoners
    Published today (updated) 02/06/2014 11:04

    GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Hamas will not agree to form a unity government that does not include a ministry and minister for prisoners’ affairs, a spokesman said Monday.

    Sami Abu Zuhri told Ma’an that Hamas has officially notified Fatah that the movement will not join a government that does not include a ministry of prisoners.

    “Hamas movement won’t agree to announce a unity government without a ministry and a minister of prisoners, and Fatah has already been notified of that irrevocable decision.”

    Abbas had earlier said that the ministry of prisoners would be replaced with an independent body, with other officials suggesting that the US could withdraw funding from the PA if the ministry was not dissolved.

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=701551

    • Annie Robbins
      June 2, 2014, 4:32 am

      walid, i was just reading about this ( here: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Jun-02/258521-last-minute-dispute-over-palestinian-unity-cabinet.ashx#axzz33T6Iexql ) . as i recall the haaretz article i linked to in the main text referenced this yesterday (Abbas had earlier said that the ministry of prisoners would be replaced with an independent body, with other officials suggesting that the US could withdraw funding from the PA if the ministry was not dissolved. …but i can’t access it again as they are blocking me.

      argh. i have to go to sleep but i suppose we’ll all know more by morning time here. didn’t the knesset just pass some bill about no more releasing of prisoners or something? these are political prisoners israel is using like pawns in a game. it’s disgusting.

      let the US withdraw funding. palestine should cut ties w/the US.

      • Citizen
        June 2, 2014, 6:49 am

        HAMAS demands a ministry of Prisoners–so far, that still a problem.
        I read Israel has refused entry to three of the Gaza leaders slated as members of the new unity interim government to be announced today. Also, that Israel has told Abbas if there’s any violence he will be held responsible. And that HAMAS is desperate because it lacks funding due to the severe Egypt-Israel blockade.

  8. justicewillprevail
    June 2, 2014, 5:41 am

    In the looking glass world of Israel, and in particular the charlatan Bibi, the only Palestinian ‘partner’ that Israel wants is one who has no ability to negotiate anything, a powerless individual who is effectively a fig leaf, a token representative who has nothing to offer except endless promises and diplomatic words. Even then they complain that they have no-one to negotiate with. Now that they have, a body which might have some unity and some effectiveness, they run crying about who they are. So apparently they want a negotiating partner, just not anyone who might be able to make a difference, or one who they can’t endlessly fob off with trite and meaningless talks. It isn’t Israel’s or anybody else’s brief to decide who Palestinians put up as representatives – I don’t see Palestine or the USA complaining about the fascist extremists in Israel’s government who are represented by Bibi and his team, although they would be quite entitled to do so, if that is Israel’s game then they can play too.
    But Bibi cries wolf every time his absolutist power is questioned. He has no idea how the rest of the world isn’t interested in his constant threats, bluster and gangsterism, and how tediously predictable the whole circus act he rolls out every time is.

    • Real Jew
      June 3, 2014, 6:06 pm

      Damn justice! Well said. Felt a little anger while I read that lol. But unfortunately ur spot on

    • Citizen
      June 3, 2014, 6:34 pm

      @ justicewillprevail

      To take just one relatively small example, Israel demand any Palestinian state not have that aspect of sovereignty, a military. The most Israel will accept is a Palestinian police corps. Why? Well, beyond the obvious (a military to protect itself against another military, i.e., Israel’s), a uniformed soldier is almost immune from liability so long as he follows commands, while a typical cop has much less immunity from accountability for what he does in his/her much more limited jurisdiction. Imagine a Palestine military with all the power and “just following orders” immunity that the IDF has. Actually, it doesn’t take much imagination. Think of the murder of Rachel Corrie. Still waiting for the Israeli high court verdict on the Corrie appeal…

  9. NickJOCW
    June 2, 2014, 6:24 am

    Abbas appears to be proceeding step by step along a path any might have identified since his application to the 15 UN committees which was clearly a warning shot across the bow. In the interim Israel’s actions have only made it more widely reviled; the shooting of the two Palestinian teenagers still reverberates, and I cannot be alone in thinking that what is now confirmed as a premeditated Jihadist attack in Brussels a few days later might have been a response; the distinction between different Jewish groupings is too deep for such people and they are not ones to throw comments back and forth, they get up, go out and do serious, serious damage, and there are hosts of them loose in Syria from a wide range of countries, including the US. Netanyahu has not just held off a settlement with Palestinians for his land grab, he’s done incalculable collateral damage which holding up Palestinian revenues under the eyes of RT, Ruptly, al Jazeera and others will hardly alleviate. The man is a walking disaster area.

  10. just
    June 2, 2014, 6:26 am

    Get your war on, Israel! I guess they are really ticked off about the idea of unity among the Palestinians…

    “The Israeli military said it fired into Syria on Monday morning in response to high trajectory force that struck the northern Golan Heights.

    According to the Israel Defense Forceses, no one was wounded in the shooting from the Syrian side, which landed near a military post at Mount Hermon earlier Monday morning, and no damage was incurred.

    Initially, the army said it responded with artillery fire. It later specified that it had fired a precision Tamuz anti-tank missile.

    “The IDF reserves the right to act in any way and at any time it sees fit to defend the citizens of the State of Israel,” the military said in a statement announcing the strike.”

    (and)

    “The exchange of fire on the Hermon came only several hours after the Israel Air Force jets struck two targets in the Gaza Strip.

    The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said two Gazan terror targets suffered direct hits, one in the Gaza Strip’s south, and the other in its center. The IDF reported direct hits, and said all aircraft had returned safely to base.

    The strikes, the military said in a press release, were carried out in response to rocket fire toward Israel.

    On Sunday evening, a rocket alert was sounded in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional council. No impact crater was found.

    “The IDF will not tolerate attempts to harm Israeli citizens and IDF soldiers, and will act against anyone who uses terror against the State of Israel,” the IDF said in the statement. “The terrorist organization Hamas is the address, and responsibility lies with it.” ”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.596651

    • talknic
      June 2, 2014, 7:32 am

      “Israel Air Force jets struck two targets in the Gaza Strip.

      The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said two Gazan terror targets suffered direct hits, one in the Gaza Strip’s south, and the other in its center. The IDF reported direct hits, and said all aircraft had returned safely to base.”

      Question: Do the people of Gaza have the ability to defend themselves against Israeli fighter bombers?

      Art. 25.
      The attack or bombardment, by whatever means, of towns, villages, dwellings, or buildings which are undefended is prohibited.
      Art. 26.
      The officer in command of an attacking force must, before commencing a bombardment, except in cases of assault, do all in his power to warn the authorities. http://www.avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/hague04.asp#art25

      • just
        June 2, 2014, 7:41 am

        Answer: no.

        ;(

      • Walid
        June 2, 2014, 7:43 am

        “Question: Do the people of Gaza have the ability to defend themselves against Israeli fighter bombers?”

        Notwithstanding articles 25 and 26 you cited, saying they returned “safely” to base makes them sound super valiant in the face of a formidable foe. The usual eternal victims shit.

      • eljay
        June 2, 2014, 8:02 am

        >> The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said two Gazan terror targets suffered direct hits …

        Two Gazan targets of IDF terror[ism].

    • Woody Tanaka
      June 2, 2014, 8:33 am

      “‘The IDF reserves the right to act in any way and at any time it sees fit to defend the citizens of the State of Israel,’ the military said in a statement announcing the strike.”

      And by claiming the right to act in any way it wishes, the I”D”F now justifies the Holocaust. Because, after all, the Nazis claimed that their acts in murdering millions of Jews and others was necessary to defend the Aryans…

      • Citizen
        June 3, 2014, 12:09 pm

        @ Woody Tanaka

        I think yours is the ultimate point. When’s the last time any state justified it’s aggressive conduct by not saying it was only acting in self-defense? Unfortunately, since 1945, increasingly, the USA has copied Israel’s notion of “preventive” or “preemptive” war, both versions of “the just war.”

        What violent criminal actor ever says they weren’t acting in self-defense?

        Why do Zionists always say, “Never Again!”? Why doesn’t the US and Israel apply this Nuremberg principle universally?

        Goering and Goebbels are laughing in their graves.

  11. palijustice
    June 2, 2014, 6:35 am

    Let’s just hope the world has finally caught on to the Israeli government’s opposition to a negotiated settlement of any kind, and their thousands of tricks and propaganda campaigns to keep the house demolitions and apartheid settlements going strong.

    They have the best propaganda since the Third Reich. Scary and dangerous this is. Does the world see through it finally see through this? Does the world have the guts to ignore their antics? In the meantime, they’ll withhold the Palestinians’ money. They have most of the deck it seems. They need a dose of their own medicine. Only BDS can help the Palestinians gain their human rights.

    • Mayhem
      June 2, 2014, 9:05 pm

      Four prominent BDS activists this week went on trial before a PA court for “provoking riots and breach of public tranquility” after protesting against the performance in Ramallah of an Indian dance troupe that had also appeared in Tel Aviv. The PA concluded that the BDS activists are anti-peace extremists whose goal is to prevent any peaceful settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.

      • Citizen
        June 3, 2014, 12:14 pm

        @ Mayhem

        Source?

  12. just
    June 2, 2014, 6:40 am

    “(Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday after overcoming a last-minute dispute with the Hamas Islamist group.

    Ministers in the new administration, whom Abbas has said would be politically unaffiliated, took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Three ministers from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/02/us-palestinian-unity-hitch-idUSKBN0ED0PB20140602

    And still people are denied entry by Israel…

    • Walid
      June 2, 2014, 7:19 am

      As to the problem about the ministry for prisoners that had threatened to disrupt the whole thing, it seems to have been temporarily resolved to allow the swearing-in to go through and it looks like Hamas blinked; from Maan after the short ceremony:

      No minister for prisoners’ affairs was announced, despite having been a key sticking point in reaching consensus on minister portfolios.

      • Citizen
        June 3, 2014, 12:18 pm

        @ Walid
        Yeah, at the last moment, HAMAS kicked that niche sticky can down the road a bit, in the interest of unity. Smart. Looks to me like Abbas was trying to hang onto some power since he had agreed to share it. Both groups finally looked at the bigger picture in terms of solidarity in Palestinan government, and, hopefully, its recognition by the USA. Seems, so far by his actions, Kerry is going along. Any takers?

    • Walid
      June 2, 2014, 7:34 am

      Just, about that Haaretz article, not very bright of Israel to pretend that it was the Syrian army firing on the IDF position on the Golan. The regime has its hands full with opposition and takfiri forces all over Syria to try anything stupid like that at this time. It’s almost as absurd as the West’s accusation that the regime forces gassed civilians while UN inspectors were in the country.

      Those firing on Israel are of the opposition forces that Israel had been propping up with arms and training and that had sworn to start attacking Israel (and Lebanon) as soon as they’d finish off the regime. Seeing that they’re not getting anywhere close to defeating the regime forces, these opposition forces are trying to provoke Israel into attacking the Syrian forces by these firings into the Golan.

      • just
        June 2, 2014, 7:46 am

        I do believe that you are correct, Walid.

        I also found this ever so ‘charming’:

        “On Sunday evening, a rocket alert was sounded in Sha’ar Hanegev Regional council. No impact crater was found.”

        No crater? No damage? No nothing, but an alarm. So bombs away by the IOF just before the unity government is sworn in…….

  13. Citizen
    June 2, 2014, 7:13 am

    Ynet news: “The government actualized after an agreement regarding the ministry was reached, according to which the ministry’s responsibilities would pass to Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah until a final solution to the issue will be found.”

    It was broadcast on local TV.

  14. Kay24
    June 2, 2014, 8:01 am

    The mere fact that Bibi now says he cannot negotiate with this new unity government, after years of stating he could not negotiate with a fractured one, simply means that Bibi once again shifted the goal post, or else he will have one less excuse to agree to a peaceful resolution, and cannot whine about, or blame, the Palestinians.
    Ah these zionists, they think we are fools.

  15. Sycamores
    June 2, 2014, 9:48 am

    what the hell Israel has an anti-boycott law for its own people but it’s OK with boycotting others.

    if Israel does boycott the Palestinian unity government are they not declaring to the world that the act of Boycotting is acceptable, even for those who choose to boycott Israel?

    • just
      June 2, 2014, 10:02 am

      Yes– it’s called gross & well- honed hypocrisy.

      They are also threatening/employing punishing sanctions by withholding Palestinian money– again.

      • Sycamores
        June 2, 2014, 10:47 am

        the silence from all those Anti-BDSers is deafening

  16. Kay24
    June 2, 2014, 11:43 am

    For the Palestinians, when it comes to their occupiers, it is damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. Here is another example of their lust for blood, violence, and illegal settlements:
    “Economy Minister Naftali Bennett condemned the new Fatah-Hamas unity government on Monday, calling it a “government of terrorists in suits.”

    In a message on his Facebook page, Bennett said that his “sovereignty program” – the annexation of settlement blocs in the West Bank – is the only solution.

    “The government of terrorists in suits established by Fatah and Hamas, the very same organization that in its charter has horrific sentences such as calling for ‘killing the Jews who are hiding behind trees and stones,’ is an illegitimate government,” wrote Bennett. Therefore, the Israeli government decided unanimously not to recognize it or maintain any contact with it.

    Bennett stated it is time “to go from defense to offense” and “do what is best for Israel.” Haaretz

    Perhaps he is confused. Those who wear suits and terrorize unarmed civilians, are on his side.

    • MHughes976
      June 2, 2014, 1:36 pm

      If I, were I a state agent, wished to make peace with or in a factionally divided country, where one faction was particularly opposed and hostile to me, I would rather have than lack the signature of all factions, including the very hostile one, on the treaty, and would hope that there was so much objective advantage in keeping the promises made that they would indeed be kept. The whole idea of treaties and agreements is that they can create a situation where hostility can be expected to abate. Some may say that hostility, once it has led to very extravagant expressions, can never abate. But that is not necessarily true, any more that it is true that extreme and passionate love never changes. Some may say that the very hostile faction that signs a treaty can never be sincere, but it’s more worth putting them to the test than signing my treaty with one faction only, since that is really committing the other side to a civil war into which I am likely to be dragged.

      • RoHa
        June 2, 2014, 8:31 pm

        Indeed. If you are not making peace with your enemies, you are not making peace at all.

        “Some may say that hostility, once it has led to very extravagant expressions, can never abate. But that is not necessarily true, ”

        History shows us it is not true. I offer Australia and Japan as exhibits.

      • Real Jew
        June 3, 2014, 6:17 pm

        Its the same b.s. they been doing for years. Just an excuse not to negotiate genuinely. if they didn’t have the Hamas excuse they would use the fractured government excuse and so on and so on

  17. Palikari
    June 2, 2014, 1:05 pm

    A government with Hamas is just like a government with Al-Qaeda.

    • Woody Tanaka
      June 2, 2014, 6:00 pm

      “A government with Hamas is just like a government with Al-Qaeda.”

      Exactly the same way that a government with Netanyahoo is like a government with Hitler.

    • amigo
      June 3, 2014, 10:08 am

      “A government with Hamas is just like a government with Al-Qaeda.” palikari

      When Israel gets a constitution, talk to us about the GOI.

      Meantime , Israel is just a rogue Apartheid tin pot criminal zionist entity.

      Not much to bragging about, eh.

  18. just
    June 2, 2014, 2:53 pm

    “U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and said that the U.S. plans on working with the new Palestinian unity government. ”

    (and)

    “Psaki said that the new Fatah-Hamas government is an interim technocratic government and added that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stressed that the new government will respect the terms of the Quartet – recognize Israel, reject terror, and honor previously signed agreements. She said the U.S. will continue to disburse aid to the Palestinian Authority but will monitor its policies.”

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.596802

    So, are we seeing some long overdue and welcome daylight between Israel and the US– finally?

    • Citizen
      June 2, 2014, 3:55 pm

      I hope the new Palestine interim government does not fumble this; it won’t take much for the US to cast it as a terrorist embryo state. Watch for Mossad to screw it up by their usual activities. If and when they do (highly likely), the US Congress will back up whatever they manufacture to make the embryonic state look like blood-thirsty anti-semites. I forecast a major breaking news event on US TV News saying the new Palestine unity government did this or that, and only an inhumane dork would put up with it. Then add in Holocaust, Holocaust!

      I hope I’m wrong, but I bet Israel will do some sort of new Lavon Affair. Something to bend ignorant hearts and minds to make Palestinian leadership look bad, Israeli leadership–once again victims of eternal jew hatred, thus bending justice to the Zionist cause at goy expense, yet again.

    • Kay24
      June 2, 2014, 5:04 pm

      It seems that way Just, perhaps finally the US government is p.off with Israel for not stopping illegal settlements for peace, has told the Palestinians to go ahead, unite, and that the US will support them eventually. The Beebs of Tel Aviv is steamed about it, and has said he is “disappointed” with the US. As if we should care about Beebs feelings, when he has shown he wants to keep the brutal occupation going, so that the opportunity to steal from the occupied does to stop. The US must have sweetened the pot for the world’s biggest welfare queen, so that it could accept peace, but once again they turned it down, and those leaks we kept getting, showing the Obama administration blamed them for the breakdown of talks, was part of it all.

      “Senior Israeli officials said Monday that Israel is deeply disappointed with the State Department’s announcement that the U.S. will continue to work with the new Palestinian unity government.

      “We are deeply disappointed by the comments of the State Department regarding working with the Palestinian unity government,” the officials said.

      State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said earlier Monday that the U.S. intends to work with the new Fatah-Hamas government but will be watching it closely to ensure that it upholds the principles of the Quartet – recognize Israel, reject terror, and honor previously signed agreements.

      The Israeli officials went as far as to blame the U.S. for setting back the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.” Haaretz

      Yeah right, as if the world believes one of the most disliked nations anymore, and it’s
      constant blame on others.

  19. German Lefty
    June 2, 2014, 5:13 pm

    DER SPIEGEL has a German-language article about Netanyahu’s tweet:
    http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/netanjahu-gegen-abbas-israels-premier-diffamiert-fatah-hamas-einheit-a-973000.html
    The headline is surprisingly pro-Palestinian:
    “Netanyahu against Abbas: Israel’s premier defames Fatah-Hamas-unity
    Palestinian unity government: Netanyahu provokes Abbas with suicide bomber tweet”

    • just
      June 2, 2014, 5:58 pm

      Pretty filthy ‘photo montage’ and tweet by the Netanyahu.

      I think it is great that Der Spiegel highlighted it– let his true colors be shown for all to see.

      Mr. Incitement. (He’s losing/lost.)

  20. piotr
    June 3, 2014, 5:24 am

    Israel caught off guard by US support of Palestinian unity
    Jerusalem source: US is allowing PA to believe that agreement with terror organization is acceptable; US: ‘This is not about punishing Israel’.
    Attila Somfalvi
    Published: 06.03.14, 01:18 / Israel News

    Sources in Jerusalem were surprised by Washington’s quick and firm Monday night announcement recognizing the new Palestinian unity government.

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    Within hours of the security cabinet’s decision to reject contact with the Fatah-Hamas administration and to hold Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip, the US shocked its close ally by confirming it will support the new cabinet formed in Ramallah.

    ======

    As usual, brilliant diplomacy. How they managed to get “surpised”? Do they live heads under a rock?

  21. Reds
    June 3, 2014, 10:36 am

    NPR reported this but wanted to stress to the public Isrsel is not happy and the deal is Anti -peace. After hearing from the Isrseli spokesman. NPR briefly quotes an Fatah one. Of course such balance wasn’t enough so we heard from Israel’s Ron Dermer to stress how Israel is not happy.

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