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U.S. Lawmakers Question Aid To New Palestinian Unity Government

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June 02, 2014 AT 8:40 AM
Senior U.S. lawmakers said on Monday that they would be reluctant to send aid to the new unity government between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Liberation Organization and the Islamist group Hamas. Abbas swore in the government in a reconciliation deal with Hamas that led Israel to freeze U.S.-brokered peace talks. Palestinian leader Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority is dependent on foreign aid, appeared to be banking on Western acceptance - over Israeli objections - of a 16-member cabinet of what he described as politically unaffiliated technocrats.