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Kerry voices concern about Hamas in unity government
Published Monday 02/06/2014 (updated) 04/06/2014 09:36
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WASHINGTON (AFP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry spoke with President Mahmoud Abbas about forming a new unity government, and voiced renewed concern about Hamas.

Abbas earlier said the lineup of a unity government will be announced Monday, after a delay over who will head the foreign ministry.

Hamas and the PLO, dominated by Abbas's Fatah party, signed a surprise reconciliation agreement in April to end years of rivalry.

During his telephone call with Abbas on Sunday, Kerry "expressed concern about Hamas's role in any such government and the importance that the new government commit to the principles of nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements with it," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

"President Abbas assured the secretary that the new government would be committed to these principles."

Kerry stressed that the United States would "judge any government based on its composition, policies, and actions," Psaki added in a statement.

On Saturday, Abbas also said the ministers in the new lineup would not come from either Fatah or Hamas.
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1 ) Kerry WHO??? / this ZERO
02/06/2014 10:51
continues to bark??? Better go to your corner and ponder your shame!!!!

2 ) S.R.H. Hashmi / Pakistan
02/06/2014 12:07
It is good to know that on assurance by Mahmoud Abbas that the new unity government will commit to principles of nonviolence, recognition of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements, having stated earlier that the new ministers would not be from either Fatah or Hamas, John Kerry stressed that the US would judge the new government based on its composition, policies and actions. Despite obvious limitations, best-ever US Secretary of State John Kerry is trying to do an honest job. Karachi

3 ) Thayer / France
02/06/2014 14:23
How concerned is Mr Kerry? A bit, a lot, some concern? Usual diplo speak for sure. Unity government is the best thing to happen to Palestine in a long while. Hamas has done its utmost to make this work, as have Fatah & the other factions. Give credit where credit is due & stop listening to the rantings of Bibi. Peace will come to those who want peace. We want a Palestinian State, not subservience to US & Israel! Well done to the unity government, stay strong, united & move forward.

4 ) Outlier / USA
02/06/2014 20:51
Hamas still has the destruction of Israel as a goal in its charter. Unless the charter is changed, the inclusion of Hamas in any PA government will cause Israel to rightfully refuse peace negotiations; a group that vows ones destruction cannot be a partner in peace.

5 ) Tobias / USA
02/06/2014 21:57
Only USA Citizens are entitled to USA assistance, and !!
- Several years ago, Palestinian citizens should have lost all USA support, after their government repeatedly refusing to negotiate unconditionally, and
- This year forward, with their government's new Hamas Terrorist Constituents, Palestinian should definitely lose all USA support, until their government's non-violent, fighting terrorism, and unconditional negotiations intentions are clarified !!

6 ) Heracles / Paris
03/06/2014 16:11
John Kerry stressed that the US would judge the [....] government based on its composition, policies and actions. It is cowardly that he does not publicly judge the Israeli government .................. based on it's policies and actions !! which include war crimes.

7 ) @ Outlier-4 & Heracles-6 / USA
04/06/2014 04:15
-4- I think Israel should negotiate with Hamas, starting with changing it's goal "(destruction of Israel) and charter", just as they did with the PLO !! -6- The war crimes are all done by Palestinians, and - Mostly by Hamas, that just joined the new unity government, but - If Hamas changes it's "policies and actions" (which seems unlikely), as the PLO claimed to change theirs during the Oslo Accords, then maybe the Palestinian Unity government will have a future !!!

8 ) Alana Turing (1) / UK
04/06/2014 18:51
Personally I think that people should actually read the Hamas Charter first, without prejudging or pre empting. With the exception of the comment by the Late Hassan Banna (in the preamble), I do not believe the charter specifically calls for the destruction of Israel. Further the charter is clear that the rhetoric is a response to aggression suffered at the hands of the Zionists. Article 31 is clear that all three religions can co exist. (see: Yale Law School or Jerusalem Fund versions on web).

9 ) Alana Turing (2) / UK
04/06/2014 18:52
We should remember that when the charter was written in 1988, Palestine had been subjugated for over 40 years. The charter is also clear that jihad (struggle) takes many forms, not just armed conflict. …”Jihad is not confined to the carrying of arms and the confrontation of the enemy. The effective word, the good article, the useful book, support and solidarity - together with the presence of sincere purpose for the hoisting of Allah's banner higher and higher –

10 ) Alana Turing (3) / UK
04/06/2014 18:53
all these are elements of the Jihad for Allah's sake.”… A lot of thought has been given to constructing the charter in a meaningful way & should be read within the wider context of what happened to the Palestinians under occupation. Some Koranic & Islamic references may not appear to be PC, but then nor do Biblical ones. One has to read them within the context of any given (historic) event. Hamas have said previously they would accept a Palestine on 67 borders.

11 ) Alana Turing (4) / UK
04/06/2014 18:54
If Israel can get past its mindset of perpetual victim & own up to some of what it has itself created, it might be surprised at what it might achieve in discourse with Hamas. The The Arab Peace Initiative is still open & a valid topic for discussion. Israel cannot expect Hamas to retract from its position of resistance, whilst Israel continues to throw mud at Hamas. Both sides need to talk. Preferably sooner rather than later.
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