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Israel targets Hamas-Fatah unity in Gaza

Israel's open opposition to the Palestinian reconciliation agreement is the driving force behind its offensive on the Gaza Strip.
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (R) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a swearing-in ceremony of the unity government, in the West Bank city of Ramallah June 2, 2014. Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday after overcoming a last-minute dispute with the Hamas Islamist group.
 REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3RT5M

After his July 10 speech at the UN Security Council, Israel’s representative Ron Prosor said, “It’s time for the international community to right the wrong of the embrace between Hamas and Fatah. … Unity does not equal impunity.”

While Israel repeats that it is conducting a defensive war to stop the rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, it has publicly declared its opposition to the Fatah-Hamas unity government. Ever since the agreement was announced, the Israelis have been attacking it as an act of legitimization for the Islamic movement. The new unity government includes no members of Hamas and the government’s program adheres to the conditions put forth by the Quartet following Hamas' victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.

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