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Palestinian unity government to have strong mandate

Despite US "disappointment" with the formation of a Palestinian unity government, the government is a legitimate step toward more equitable negotiations.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrives for a meeting with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores Palace in Caracas May 16, 2014. Abbas is on an official visit to Venezuela. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA  - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3PJG0

Now that a national unity government will be established in Palestine, Israel has stated it "will not deal with a government 'backed by Hamas,' even if the ministers themselves are not politically affiliated," according to The New York Times.

What would Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say if the new Palestinian government refused to deal with a Cabinet including Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, and leader of the right-wing HaBayit HaYehudi party Naftali Bennett? Does Israel dictate who represents the Palestinians? I think the national government of the Palestinian state will now refuse such dictates because it is ready for negotiations.

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