Israel calls off peace talks over Palestinian unity deal
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Israel on Thursday afternoon announced the immediate cessation of peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement of a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.
The top-level inner cabinet of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government announced the suspension after an emergency meeting that lasted throughout Thursday afternoon. It also said it plans to introduce economic sanctions against the PA.
American Special Envoy Martin Indyk met in Ramallah on Thursday afternoon with PA President Mahmoud Abbas and reportedly told him of US displeasure over the unity deal, which the State Department on Wednesday described as “disappointing.”
Earlier Thursday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said there was no chance for Israeli-Palestinian peace as long as Abbas’s Fatah faction stuck with the reconciliation deal it signed with Hamas. He said the deal meant Israel “has no partner” to negotiate with and signified a move toward Hamas gaining greater influence in the West Bank.