Rival Palestinian factions Fatah, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and based in the West Bank, and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have agreed to form a unity government, a Fatah official said.
The U.S. warned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas it may withhold aid if he dismantles his government in response to stalled peace talks, while Israel criticized his renewed efforts to reconcile with the Gaza Strip’s Hamas rulers.
As Mideast peace talks teeter again on the brink of collapse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are emerging largely unscathed in the eyes of their constituents.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered cabinet ministers to stop meeting with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official said, hours after the U.S. blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks.
Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians said she sees difficulty with stalled peace talks moving ahead as the two sides -- joined by a U.S. team -- prepare for discussions today on whether to revive the effort.
U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks foundered as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to pursue a bid for statehood at the United Nations after Israel failed to meet a deadline to release prisoners.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to resume a bid for statehood at the United Nations, saying peace talks with Israel are going nowhere, as the U.S. sought to revive them with a plan including the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.