Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli officials, and U.S. lawmakers on Monday night slammed U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry over their stated goal of working with the new Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, a group designated by the United States and Israel as a terrorist organization.
"We are deeply disappointed by the comments made by the State Department regarding working with the Palestinian unity government," Israeli officials said in a press statement. "The Palestinian government is backed by Hamas, a terrorist organization committed to [the] destruction of Israel."
"If the U.S. administration wants to advance peace, it should be calling on Abbas to end his pact with Hamas and return to peace talks with Israel. Instead, it is enabling Abbas to believe it is acceptable to form a government with a terror organization," they added in Monday night's statement.
In addition, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued his response to the formation of a new Palestinian government that includes the Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas: “It’s hard to see a government that embraces Hamas getting us closer to peace, much less helping its people. While the ‘unity government’ hides behind the facade of nonpartisan bureaucrats, it was only born out of support from Hamas – a terrorist organization that continues to call for Israel’s annihilation. Hamas is no partner for peace; nor a legitimate recipient of aid.”
The U.S. State Department's Jen Psaki said during Monday morning's press briefing that the Obama administration especially the State Department intends to work with the newly formed Palestinian government which combines the Palestinian National Authority, headed by the recognized President Mahmoud Abbas, and the terrorist group Hamas.
The Israeli government officials said on Monday afternoon that they intend to uphold the April 24 suspension of their peace negotiations with the Palestinian leadership since they will not deal with a group whose goal is the annihilation of the Jewish State.
Israel's cabinet also authorized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to impose addition economic sanctions against the Abbas' PNA.
In addition, the Palestinian government will be made accountable for any terrorist bombings, missile and rocket attacks, or terrorist shootings emanating from either the PNA-controlled West Bank or the terrorist stronghold within the Gaza Strip.