Palestinian unity government resigns

Current government dissolves amidst reports that Gaza in indirect talks with Israel

The Palestinian unity government formed April 2014

The Palestinian unity government formed April 2014

The Palestinian unity government between Fatah and Hamas resigned Wednesday following reports that Hamas is in indirect talks with Israel Tuesday and the dissolving of the current Palestinian government. The unity government was formed in April 2014, cutting US-mediated peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in its last of four stages.

According to media reports from AFP Hamas will hold indirect talks with Israel on a long-term truce, the talks to go through various “Arab and European channels”.

Israel and Hamas are currently under a ceasefire agreement brokered by Egypt, the ceasefire held since August of 2014 following Operation Protective Edge.

The Palestinian Authority confirmed that Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah “handed his resignation to Abbas and Abbas ordered him to form a new government” and that Abbas accepted the resignation and ordered to formation of a new government.

Hamas stated on Wednesday afternoon that, “Hamas rejects any one-sided change in the government without the agreement of all parties” in reference to any unilateral dissolution of the Palestinian government. The terror organization stated that, “No one told us anything about any decision to change and no one consulted with us about any change in the unity government” adding, “Fatah acted on its own in all regards.”

An official for the PLO stated that, “The [current] government will continue to function until we have a new one…I think what’s coming now is the formation of a government with politicians, not a government of technocrats.” The official stated on reported indirect talks between Hamas and Israel that, “If you end up having a different kind of status for Gaza, then basically the idea of a Palestinian state completely disappears.”