New PA Government Seen Complicating Rice's Middle East Effort

[Washington Post] Glenn Kessler - The completion of a Palestinian unity government that includes ministers from the radical Islamic group Hamas will further complicate Secretary of State Rice's efforts to rekindle peace efforts in the region. U.S. officials privately acknowledge that Abbas' announcement last month that he had struck a deal with Hamas was a blow to U.S. and Israeli efforts to elevate Abbas as an alternative to Hamas. Israeli officials have rejected any dealings with the new government, saying even the respected figures it contains are shills for terrorists.

2007-03-16 01:00:00

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