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In Europe, France supports national unity talks.

“We are very much in favor of a national reconciliation government,” said French Embassy spokesman Emmanuel Lenain.

Analysts said Israel-Palestinian peace negotiations could not take place in ernest as long as the Palestinians are divided.

“There is no clear system of government right now, and Mr. Abbas is in no position to make difficult decisions,” said Rob Malley, program director for the Middle East at the International Crisis Group. “It’s a challenge for U.S. policy.”