Published: Mon, April 15, 2019

U.S. congratulates new Palestinian government

U.S. congratulates new Palestinian government

Ishtayeh's appointment by Abbas is expected to deepen the rift between the Fatah-party dominated Palestinian Authority, which governs areas of the West Bank, and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Lawyer Nael Al-Hawah spotted the omission after Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh's new government was sworn in before president Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday.

New Palestinian government sworn in with Abbas loyalist at its helm.

According to the presidential decree, Ishtaye will serve as the minister of interior and minister of Waqf, or religious affairs, until two new ministers are named.

"We are determined to restore national unity between Gaza and the West Bank", he said while chairing the new Palestinian cabinet's first session.

He also criticized the new Palestinian government as "a separatist government that doesn't include all factions and political powers".

"The Palestinian cause is passing through hard circumstances, but Palestinians and their leadership are responsible", he noted.

Speaking to his new cabinet members, Abbas repeated his rejection of Trump's peace plan and said it was not useful to talk to Trump after he moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the holy city as Israel's capital.

Addressing the ministers, Abbas said this mission is hard, adding that the new government will face many challenges, mainly the Deal of the Century, or the United States peace plan, whose content has all been declared.

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