Describing the newly sworn-in Palestinian unity government as "terrorists in suits", Israel on Monday said time has come to go on the offensive rather than act defensively and to do what is good for the country.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government Monday, taking a major step toward ending a crippling territorial and political split with the rival Hamas militant group but also setting the stage for new friction with Israel.
The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rival factions Hamas and Fatah will be announced on Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday, adding that Israel already warned him it would shun the new alliance.
Officials from the Islamic Hamas movement and the Fatah Party have tapped the premier of the Palestinian National Authority, Rami Hamdallah, for the role of prime minister in the Palestinian unity government, an official said Thursday.
Israel has criticised America`s "weak" reaction to the unity deal reached between rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas and demanded a clearer and more resolute response, a media report here said.