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Israel halts peace talks with Palestinians after unity deal between Fatah and Hamas

Published on Apr 24, 2014 11:24 PM

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israel said Thursday it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians, following a unity deal struck between the Palestinian leadership and the Islamist Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip.

"The cabinet has unanimously decided that the Israeli government will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a terror organisation that calls for the destruction of Israel," a statement from the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu read.

"In addition, Israel will take a number of measures in response to the PA's (Palestinian Authority) unilateral moves."

On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) - internationally recognised as the sole representative of the Palestinian people - and Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement.

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