Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures during a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 6, 2015, after announcing the formation of a coalition government
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures during a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 6, 2015, after announcing the formation of a coalition government © Gali Tibbon - AFP
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) gestures during a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 6, 2015, after announcing the formation of a coalition government
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Last updated: May 7, 2015

Netanyahu government 'against peace': Palestinians say

The new rightwing religious coalition government formed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be belligerent and work against peace, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday.

The new rightwing religious coalition government formed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be belligerent and work against peace, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday.

The government "will be one of war which will be against peace and stability in our region," Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat told AFP.

"This government will set its sights on killing and reinforcing settlement activities," he said of Israel's ongoing construction on land the Palestinians want for a future state.

His remarks came after Netanyahu managed to hammer together a coalition just ahead of a midnight deadline, giving him a knife-edge majority of just one seat in parliament.

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