This past week the quiet along Israel’s southern border continued. In Judea and Samaria violent confrontations and friction continued, peaking on June 7 (Naksa Day), which passed, however, without exceptional incident. There were marches and events in the northern Gaza Strip, the southern Jordan Valley and in many cities around the world, all of whose political impact and media coverage were scanty.
The new Palestinian Authority (PA) government headed by Rami Hamdallah was sworn in on June 6 by Mahmoud Abbas. Minor changes were made in personnel but most of the ministers of the outgoing government retained their portfolios. At the swearing-in ceremony Mahmoud Abbas said he expected the new government to lead to the founding of an independent Palestinian state and be a national unity government that would advance the internal Palestinian reconciliation.