(Israel Hayom / Worthy News)– The ministerial team tasked by the government with devising countermoves to the newly formed Hamas-Fatah unity government is scheduled to hold its first meeting Sunday, as Israel's relations with the United States have become strained once more over the latter's decision to recognize the new Palestinian government.
The ministerial team is scheduled to discuss potential sanctions against both the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, while the government is set to decide Sunday on the ways in which it plans to promote legislating barring the parole or presidential pardon of Palestinian terrorists.
Meanwhile, tensions between Jerusalem and Washington are said to be growing. Sources at the Prime Minister's Office told Israel Hayom that the U.S.'s apparent recognition of the Palestinian unity government violated agreements in which the Americans pledged to shun a Palestinian government that included Hamas.
Washington was first to declare that it will work with the new Palestinian government, effectively prompting the international community to do the same, one source said.