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Don't 'hurry' to back Palestinian govt, Israel PM warns

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on June 1, 2014World governments should not rush to approve the new Palestinian cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday after the Palestinians accused Israel of punishing them over a unity deal. “I call on all responsible elements within the international community not to hurry to recognise the Palestinian government that Hamas is part of, and which relies on Hamas,” the Israeli premier told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting, saying it would “strengthen terror”. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has said the new government, which is to be sworn in on Monday in Ramallah, will be a government of political independents that will reject violence, recognise Israel and abide by all existing agreements. Although the formal line-up has not yet been made public, it has been pieced together by Abbas’ Fatah movement and Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers in accordance with a reconciliation agreement inked in April.

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