New Palestinian government sworn in but no unity

Lester Mason
April 15, 2019

"More developments will take place in the coming days but we will cooperate and confront it together because they are going to be hard", said Abbas.

Meanwhile, Abbas said he does not think it is useful to talk with the United States President Donald Trump about any solution or issue, after he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moved the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Congratulations to the new Palestinian Authority Cabinet", tweeted Jason Greenblatt, assistant to US President Donald Trump and special representative for global negotiations.

Since 2006, Hamas has been odds with Abbas' Fatah party, which runs the Palestinian Authority, the body charged with governing the Palestinian Territories.

Abbas, 84, is seen as retaining the real decision-making authority.

The new government consists of 24 ministers. It includes many of his longtime allies and members of Fatah, though several smaller factions are also represented.

Both Islamic Hamas movement and Islamic Jihad are excluded from the new government, as Hamas has been ruling the Gaza Strip since it violently seized control of the coastal enclave from Abbas' security forces in 2007, Xinhua reported.

In a letter sent to the Guardian newspaper, former high-ranking European politicians call on Europe to reject the expected plan unless it is fair to the Palestinians.

Ties between the United States and the PA were severed after US President Donald Trump declared in late 2017 that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and moved his country's embassy from Tel Aviv to the city in 2018.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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