#AceWorldNews – RAMALLAH (West Bank) – June 02 – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday, Reuters said. Ministers, professing to be politically unaffiliated, took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
However, three ministers from the Hamas-run Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank by Israel.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that world leaders should not “rush to recognise” the new government.
“Hamas is a terrorist organisation that calls for Israel’s destruction, and the international community must not embrace it. That would not bolster peace, it would strengthen terror,” he told a cabinet meeting.
Israel has said it would cease all but security co-ordination with the Palestinians if the government was formed.
A statement from Mr Hamdallah’s office denounced Mr Netanyahu’s remarks, calling them part of a campaign intended to “cement [Israel’s] occupation by all means”.
The US, which has sponsored the Israel-Palestinian peace talks, has expressed concern over any Hamas role in the new government.
In a phone call with President Abbas on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry said the new government must “commit to the principles of non-violence, recognition of the State of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements with it,” the State Department said.