State Department spokeswoman says “based on what we know” President Obama’s administration intended to continue working with the Fatah-Hamas unity gov’t.
By Yitzhak Benhorin
WASHINGTON – The US State Department announced Monday night that it planned to continue disbursing aid to Palestinians, after President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new unity government earlier in the day which incorporated Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that “based on what we know” President Barak Obama’s administration intended to continue working with the Fatah-Hamas unity government.
Psaki said that Abbas promised to commit to the terms of the Quartet, and that the US will “evaluate the composition and policies of the new government and calibrate our approach accordingly.”
The Quartet, a joint initiative of the European Union, United Nations, Russia, and the United States, demands an end to violence and that the Palestinians recognize Israel and all agreements signed with the Jewish state.
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