Written US pledge not to accept Hamas-backed Palestinian govt

DEBKAfile’s Washington and Jerusalem sources report that the Netanyahu government has refrained from making a fuss about the impending establishment of a Palestinian government with Hamas, because it has a written commitment from the Obama administration not to recognize or cooperate with such a regime. That commitment originated with Hillary Clinton in May 2011 when she was Secretary of State, and was endorsed by her successor John Kerry at the outset of Israel-Palestinian peace talks last year. Obama understands that this commitment will be hard to evade either overtly or on the quiet.

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