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Don't 'hurry' to back Palestinian govt: Israel PM

Published on Jun 2, 2014 1:38 AM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - World governments should not rush to approve the new Palestinian Cabinet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, after the Palestinians accused the Jewish state of punishing them over a unity deal.

"I call on all responsible elements within the international community not to hurry to recognise the Palestinian government that Hamas is part of, and which relies on Hamas," the right-wing Premier told ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting, saying it would "strengthen terror".

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

Although the formal line-up has not yet been made public, it has been pieced together by Mr Abbas' mainstream Fatah movement and Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers in line with a reconciliation deal inked in April.

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