WASHINGTON — The United States announced that they will try to work with the new Palestinian unity government, formed when Fatah and Hamas factions agreed to bury the hatchet between the two sides.
Reuters reported that Israel was immediately disappointed and made it clear that the U.S. State Department made the wrong decision. An unnamed official said the U.S. should have forced the Fatah faction’s leader, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to “return to peace talks with Israel.”
The State Department has long held that Hamas, based in Gaza, is a “terrorist” organization and the U.S. Congress has restricted the country’s funding of the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian Authority is considered to be the government of non-Hamas-affiliated Palestinians, but has not been as peaceful as the liberal media has suggested.
The much-maligned State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “At this point, it appears that President Abbas has formed an interim technocratic government that does not include ministers affiliated with Hamas.” She added, “Based on what we know now we intend to work with this government but will be watching closely to ensure that it upholds principles that President Abbas reiterated today.”