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Hamas ignores Abbas' call for unity government as cease-fire holds

After he remained on the sidelines of the latest round of escalation between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' call for a national unity government is being largely ignored.
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The Palestinian Authority has not taken any serious and practical stances to stop the violence or show real solidarity with Gaza since Israeli airstrikes began to hit the Strip May 10 and up until a cease-fire was reached at dawn May 21 between Hamas and Israel.

The PA has only released statements of condemnation for the Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Gaza and made phone calls with several political parties. President Mahmoud Abbas did not call any Hamas leaders.

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