Pales­tinian unity govern­ment to be formed Mon­day

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

The for­ma­tion of a Pales­tinian unity govern­ment backed by ri­vals Ha­mas and Fatah will be an­nounced Mon­day, Pales­tinian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas said Satur­day, adding that Is­rael al­ready warned him it would take puni­tive steps against the new al­liance.

The for­ma­tion of the govern­ment would be the most sig­nif­i­cant step yet to­ward end­ing a crip­pling seven-year-old Pales­tinian po­lit­i­cal split. How­ever, it is also bound to in­crease fric­tion be­tween Ab­bas and Is­rael’s hard-line govern­ment.

Ab­bas said Satur­day that he would re­spond to any Is­raeli puni­tive mea­sures, such as with­hold­ing the monthly trans­fer of some $100 mil­lion in taxes and cus­toms Is­rael col­lects on be­half of his Pales­tinian Author­ity. The funds are vi­tal to keep­ing the self-rule govern­ment afloat.

The long-run­ning Ha­mas-Fatah ri­valry es­ca­lated in 2007 when the Is­lamic mil­i­tant group Ha­mas seized the Gaza Strip from the in­ter­na­tion­ally backed Ab­bas in 2007.

RA­MAL­LAH, West Bank (AP) —

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