Ramallah, AP - PA spokesperson Nabil Abu Rudeineh said yesterday that the American decision to work with the reconciliation government was an important decision and was a message to the Israeli government and the international community.
The speaker, Abu Rudeineh, emphasized that Israel must realize that the world is changing and should cease its current actions in order to create a suitable atmosphere to preserve what was left of the peace process.
Under terms of a deal signed on April 23, the main Palestinian rivals, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to establish a unity cabinet of 17 independent ministers that would organize long-delayed elections. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday after overcoming a last-minute dispute with the Hamas. Ministers in the new administration took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Three ministers from the Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank via Israel.