State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday night that the US intends to work with the new Palestinian government despite Israel's concerns. Psaki also said Secretary of State John Kerry called Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to relay the US position, without offering details. She said the US will continue to send aid to the Palestinians, but will closely watch what she called the "interim technocratic government."

The EU has said it welcomes unity and would continue funding any government that meets the conditions for aid: recognition of Israel, endorsement of former accords and repudiation of terror and violence. Both major Western powers therefore brushed off Netanyahu’s call for the world to shun the new government over its partnership with a terrorist organization..

The Israeli Security Cabinet decided in an emergency session not to hold peace talks with this government and authorized the prime minister to impose financial sanctions. Abbas would be held responsible for any rocket fire and terrorist actions out of the Gaza Strip.