JERUSALEM — Mideast envoy Tony Blair says the international community supports Palestinian reconciliation but will demand that the new unity government recognize Israel’s right to exist and renounce violence.
Blair represents the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the U.S., the EU, U.N. and Russia. He told The Associated Press the Quartet wants to see who is chosen Palestinian prime minister before passing judgment, but Hamas must have “a change of heart” for the government to succeed.
Similar Quartet demands four years ago led to the collapse of a previous unity government.
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