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Israel condemns Palestinian reconciliation deal

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 6 February 2012
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Last updated (GMT/UTC): 06.02.2012 15:13

Israel's prime minister says it will be impossible to hold peace talks if the Palestinians go through with a new reconciliation deal.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas has chosen to "abandon the way of peace" by reaching a power-sharing deal with the Hamas militant group.

At a meeting in Qatar earlier on February 6, Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal agreed that Abbas will head a Palestinian unity government to prepare for elections later this year.

The deal aims to end a rift which has seen Gaza and the West Bank run by separate governments over the past four years – a Hamas administration in Gaza and Abbas' Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Israel considers Hamas a terrorist group.

Compiled from agency reports

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