Israeli officials are officially “furious” tonight, issuing various statements denouncing the US government for admitting that it will try to work with the new Palestinian unity government.
EU nations appear to be following the US policy, saying they are also prepared to work with the Palestinians, while Israel insists they must all demand President Abbas disband the new government and spurn unity.
Formally, Israel intends not to recognize the Palestinian government, but experts in Israeli policy say that behind the rhetoric, they’re basically going to do the same thing, cooperating with anyone they can to try to keep the occupation in the West Bank from falling apart.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was particularly critical of the EU for recognizing the Palestinian unity government “despite condemning” the recent Brussels shooting. Despite attempting to link the two issues, the shooter arrested was a French citizen who fought in Syria, and had no apparent contact with either Israel or the Palestinians.