Thursday, May 29, 2014

Off the n. coast of the Gaza Strip, Israeli naval forces detain 4 Palestinian fishermen. In the West Bank, the IDF conducts house searches and arrest raids in 1 village nr. Jenin at night; patrols in 3 villages nr. Jenin, 2 villages nr. Ramallah, and 1 village each nr. Bethlehem, Hebron, and Salfit at night. (MNA 5/29; PCHR 6/5)

PA Pres. Abbas announces that PM Rami Hamdallah will serve as the head of a new national unity govt. Meanwhile, a dispute over the composition of the cabinet delays the announcement of the new govt., with Hamas reportedly rejecting Abbas’s insistence on Riyad al-Maliki as FM. In addition, Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri says that there is a dispute over the proposed dissolution of the Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, which Hamas opposes. Meanwhile, an unnamed Israeli official tells the media that Abbas will be “accountable” for “violence” by Hamas following a reconciliation agreement, while U.S. Secy. of State Kerry says, in an interview on PBS, that Israel’s approach of “waiting to see what happens” with the unity govt. is the “appropriate thing to be doing.” (HA, JP, MNA, REU 5/29; JTA 5/30)