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Hamas Cabinet Resigns to Join With Fatah

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    Why won't these people simply recognize Israel's right to exist?

    Hamas Cabinet Resigns to Join With Fatah

    By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH
    Associated Press Writer

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas announced the resignation of his Cabinet on Thursday, a formality that paved the way for the formation of a national unity government with Fatah. Haniyeh said a unity government would usher in a new era for the Palestinians. He stood next to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the ceremony. Abbas then authorized Haniyeh to form a new coalition government.
    Meanwhile aides to Abbas said Thursday that U.S. diplomats told them Washington plans to shun a future Hamas-Fatah coalition government because it will not explicitly recognize Israel.

    State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the U.S. would not make judgments about the unity government before it is formed and has an official platform. The Bush administration also will watch the government's actions once it takes office, he said.

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