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President Abbas said a new government will be formed in the coming days. Secretary of State Kerry reportedly asked Abbas for more time to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian leadership. Seven Hamas members were arrested by PA security forces in the West Bank.
President Abbas chose academic Rami Hamdallah as the new prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas condemned the appointment and said that the government did not represent the Palestinian people.
PA security forces arrested four Hamas members in the West Bank. A senior Hamas official said kidnapping Israelis was at the heart of Palestinian culture. President Abbas lamented that he is under intense pressure to resume talks with Israel without requiring preconditions for negotiations.
Two Palestinians in Gaza were sentenced to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel. The Palestinian leadership is reportedly putting little faith in the US effort to restart peace talks with Israel. President Abbas met with Secretary of State Kerry to discuss the peace process with Israel; some Palestinians protested the meeting in Ramallah.
A senior Palestinian official said the legal work to apply for Palestinian membership in 63 UN agencies, conventions, and treaties had been completed. PA security forces reportedly arrested three Hamas members in the West Bank. A Hamas official reiterated that the group was willing to close down smuggling tunnels in exchange for the creation of commercial crossings with Egypt. Hamas' Interior Ministry instructed security forces in Gaza to uphold "standards of manliness."
Hamas forces reportedly seized 100 rockets and 500 rifles belonging to Fatah's al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Gaza. A jihadist news agency accused Hamas of hacking a number of al Qaeda-affiliated forums. Hamas' Interior Minister Fathi Hammad said he was in discussions with Egyptian officials to allow for the reopening of the Rafah crossing.
Two Palestinian terrorists were wounded at a training facility in the northern Gaza Strip. Three Palestinians preparing to ignite a series of Molotov cocktails were detained by Israeli security forces before being handed over to Palestinian authorities. Hamas and Islamic Jihad condemned the Palestinian Authority for holding secret talks with Israeli leaders, which were revealed in the Israeli media.
The Palestinian Authority increased diplomatic relations with Honduras and El Salvador. The Palestinian Authority is planning to apply for full membership in INTERPOL. During a sermon at a mosque in Gaza City, influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi called on Palestinians to continue "the resistance" against Israel.
During a visit to the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi said, "Our wish should be that we carry out Jihad to death." A Hamas official denied reports that Qatar and Hamas' relationship is weakening. Nine Hamas members were reportedly detained by PA security forces in the West Bank. A poll found that 45 percent of Palestinians believe "armed struggle" is the best way to achieve statehood.