World support grows for Palestinian Cabinet

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Esmail Haniya move through the crowd at a special session of parliament in Gaza City yesterday.

World support grows for Palestinian Cabinet

Palestinians installed a new coalition government yesterday in hopes of persuading the international community to end its isolation of the Palestinian National Authority and lift a year of bruising sanctions.

The new alliance, which replaced a Hamas-led Cabinet, appeared to implicitly recognise Israel by calling for a Palestinian state on lands the Israelis captured in 1967. The European Union welcomed the government but said a resumption of aid would depend on an assessment of the new Cabinet's actions.
 Norway also recognised the new coalition, while the UN signalled flexibility.

Palestinian lawmakers voted 83 to 3 to approve the government, then leapt to their feet in a standing ovation after the result was announced. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in the new 25-member Cabinet shortly after the parliament vote.

Despite Israeli officials saying they would try to persuade the world not to deal with the government, in several quarters the reaction was positive.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere announced that Oslo would re-establish political and economic relations with the new government, saying the coalition was "taking important steps towards complying with international demands".

The UN's Mideast envoy, Alvaro de Soto, and the British Foreign Office both called the alliance a "step in the right direction". Russia and France have also indicated a growing willingness to work with the new Fatah-Hamas coalition.

Egypt as well as Qatar and Yemen yesterday urged the Mideast Quartet to end its aid freeze.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16