Coalition of Hamas, Fatah won’t bring boycott to end

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM – The Hamas-led Palestinian government, boycotted by the West since its election more than a year ago because of Hamas’ support for terrorism, announced Thursday a unity coalition with the more moderate Fatah movement in hopes of ending the boycott. But the political document guiding the new government does not fulfill the international community’s three demands – to recognize Israel, forswear violence and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements – and Israel announced that it would therefore not deal with the new government or any of its ministers, Hamas or not. The United States is expected to follow suit, but the European Union will face a fierce internal debate about whether to continue its isolation of the Palestinians. Miri Eisin, a spokeswoman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said Olmert would continue “to maintain dialogue with the elected Palestinian president,” Mahmoud Abbas.last_img read more

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