US Supports Israeli Positions On Palestinian Unity Pact

US Supports Israeli Positions On Palestinian Unity Pact

Jason Greenblatt, the USA president's special representative for global negotiations, said Hamas must disarm if it wants any role in a unity government, in the first detailed U.S. response to the unity deal signed last week.

On Wednesday, Israel's security cabinet said it would not enter talks with any Palestinian unity government until Hamas met a long list of demands.

"Hamas movement expresses its rejection of the American blackmail and bias demands that serves the Israeli interests, and has been earlier explained by Greenblatt", Hamas said in an official press statement.

Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip and has vowed to continue its struggle until the Jewish State is no more, has already issued a protest suggesting the demands of the U.S. envoy constitute "blatant interference" in a purely Palestinian issue.

The quartet, which comprises the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russian Federation, was established in 2002 to aid the peace process. Hamas senior official Bassem Naim told AFP.

"Settlement construction, illegal under global law, is not the only obstacle to a two-state solution, but each new housing unit consolidates a one-state reality in which the Palestinians are denied the full exercise of their political rights".

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Top Hamas terrorist Saleh al-Arouri announced over the weekend that among other things, the deal would integrate Hamas and Fatah security and police forces in Gaza and in PA-controlled areas of Yehudah and Shomron, which "means partnership in decisions of war and peace", al-Arouri was quoted as saying. The new deal promises to do that: According to the deal signed last week in Cairo, Hamas is set to surrender civil control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority at the beginning of November.

But after a decade-long blockade by Israel and three deadly offensives Israel against Gaza, Hamas has said it is ready to compromise. I once again emphasize the stance of our government: "Israel will not conduct negotiations with a Palestinian government that relies on a terror organization like Hamas until it disarms, recognizes Israel, and returns to us our kidnapped citizens and soldiers".

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, took to Twitter and thanked Greenblatt for his commitment to the Quartet principles.

"Hamas movement wouldn't pay any attention to the attempts of sabotaging this track (internal Palestinian reconciliation and end of division) or obstructing it", said Hamas statement.

US President Donald Trump has said he aims to broker a peace deal but no substantive developments have been made so far.

The agreement led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority, an interim self-governing body meant to lead to an independent Palestinian State on the territories of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, which Israel occupied in 1967. On Tuesday, Israel announced more plans to build hundreds of new settler homes in the occupied West Bank.

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