The security cabinet, which convened after the formation of the Palestinian unity government, decided unanimously to continue the policy of refusing to negotiate with a government that includes Hamas.
The cabinet also authorized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to order new sanctions on the Palestinian Authority. Netanyahu said that Mahmoud Abbas "said yes to terror and no to peace in a direct continuation of his policy of rejecting peace. We remain committed to the peace process while Abu Mazen incites against Israel and forms an alliance with Hamas, a terrorist organization." (Attila Somalvi)