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Israel condemns unity government

Published 02/06/2014 | 12:07

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, centre, meets cabinet members of its unity government (AP)

Israel has issued a tough condemnation of the new Palestinian unity government, ruling out negotiations and authorising Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to impose new sanctions on the Palestinians.

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Israel announced its decision after Mr Netanyahu gathered his security cabinet to discuss a response.

Israel is furious that Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, formed a joint government backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas.

The government is meant to end a seven-year rift between the Palestinian rivals. Israel considers Hamas a terrorist group.

Mr Netanyahu said: "Abu Mazen said today yes to terror, and no to peace."

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