Palestinian new government enrages Israel.
6 junio, 2014
Seven years they have been divided, now Hamas and Fatah build the Palestinian government again. The low influence of the parliament has already become clear during the administration of the oath. Israel criticized the new unity government. Both United States and the European Union accept the cabinet.
On Monday, the first Palestinian reconciliation government began his career in order to move towards the establishment of an independent state influenced by territorial and political divisions: the West Bank, run by Fatah, and Gaza, dominated by the Islamist group Hamas.
This transitional government of national consensus is the result of the last reconciliation agreement signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Hamas, which took place in Gaza on April 23. Composed of 17 ministers,appointed by both groups for their professional value rather than their political affiliation, this new team will be headed by Rami Hamdallah. Its members were sworn in the presence of President, Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, where the headquarters of the Palestinian presidency is located. Fatah and Hamas have been slow to reach a consensus on the issue of the Ministry of Prisoners. The latter discrepancy has seemed to threaten the entire project of reunification of the Palestinian ranks. However, Abbas stated: ‘‘Today we declare the end of division that has caused our catastrophic damage in the past seven years.”
Israel started hostilities after the new government consensus of Palestine was established: Prime Minister Benjamin refuses to deal with the new government of national consensus; he rejects any negotiations about peace with the new Palestinian government and notifies push punitive measures. Furthermore, the Israelis are also resentful because of the acceptance of the government by the United States. Israel´s plan to expand construction in East Jerusalem and in Jewish settlement in the West Bank, drawing Palestinian outrage. The Israeli government has warned to impose financial sanctions on the new Palestinian executive. In short, Israel will stop the transfer of amounts of customs duties and taxes levied on Palestinian goods. These duties permit to pay the salaries of military and civilian employees. Immediately after uttering his threat, Netanyahu sent his bombers in the Gaza Strip. Contrary, Rami Hamdallah‘s government is going to enforce the stop of the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip in order to protect this new consensus.
In a televised speech broadcast the outgoing Prime Minister of Hamas in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, praised the Palestinian people. He described the event as a historic moment for the Palestinian population and said that the new government is opposed to violence.
Speaking about the event, the European Union said it was not opposed to the Palestinian reconciliation and it will judge the new government on its actual position. The position of the United States, traditional allies of Israel, is not very different from the Brussels position. The U.S. Secretary of the States, John Kerry, in a telephone conversation with the President, said that Washington considers the new Government’s policy and its composition. The United States will work together with Prime Minister Hamdallah.