Salam Fayyad leads the new cabinet sworn in by the Palestinian president.
“We will not leave 1.5 million Palestinians at the hands of terrorist organisations.”
“Hamas must decide what their objective is – is it power, is it Israel’s destruction, or is it peace for the Palestinian people?
Chris, Stockholm, Sweden
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Solana did not say when aid would restart or how much would be made available.
“The EU will resume normal relations with the Palestinian Authority immediately,” EU foreign ministers, meeting in Luxembourg, said in a statement.
They also urged Israel to start paying millions of dollars in tax revenue it has withheld since Hamas’s poll victory.
Tzipi Livni, their Israeli counterpart, said at the Luxembourg meeting that Israel was willing to work with those who accepted Israel’s right to exist, adding there was still a need to meet the Palestinians to discuss transferring the money.
She said: “It is part of our aspiration, part of our goal that the Palestinians understand that there is hope with the moderates.”
When asked how he would enforce the law in Gaza, Abdel-Razzak Yahya, the interior minister said: “I swear to God I do not know”.
Ismail Haniya, the prime minister in the cabinet dismissed by Abbas, has said he still considers the three-month-old unity coalition as the legitimate Palestinian government and accuses Abbas of participating in a US-led plot to overthrow him.