Israel happy, Palestinians angry over Quartet bid to continue embargo
A decision by major powers to keep in place the aid boycott on the new Palestinian unity cabinet led by Hamas satisfied Israel but left Palestinians in dismay on Thursday.
The Middle East Quartet -- the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States -- reaffirmed on Wednesday that the new coalition must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept past peace deals.
"We cannot be but happy that the international community does not accept the programme of the Palestinian government and continues to demand acceptance of the three conditions that it imposed," Israeli government spokeswoman Miri Eisin told AFP.
In the West Bank city of Ramallah, a spokesman for PA President Mahmud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeina, told AFP the Quartet statement "reflects an evolution of its positions, but this remains insufficient." "We have to work immediately toward the application of the roadmap and the Arab peace initiative," he said.