This week, rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas had resolved differences through a peace accord, and both factions will integrate a unified government against a common enemy, Israel. Israel demanded a clearer and resolute response from the United States according to a media report.
The two factions announced their unification yesterday, ending over four years of internal conflict. Israel’s Security Cabinet decided to suspend peace talks with the Palestinians in response to the unity agreement between the two factions.
US State Department Spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said that the Palestinian unity deal was “troubling” and that the United States expresses its “disappointment” regarding the matter. The statement appeared as a “light” reaction for Israel, who wanted an appropriate response, being that Israel is a US ally in the Middle East.
According to a Senior Israel Official, the US needs to make it clear to PLO President Mahmoud Abbas that his unity with Hamas, considered a terrorist group by the United Nations, is Palestine crossing a red line. The senior official pointed out that being associated with Hamas means the PLO condones terrorism, and that the United States needs to point it out to them clearly.
Marathon peace talks between Palestine and Israel had been sponsored by the United States. It gained momentum this year and analysts said that it is probable the recent unity deal might make it fail.