Vice Premier Silvan Shalom on Sunday addressed the Palestinian Unity deal between Fatah and Hamas, saying countries who rushed to recognize a Palestinian state will be made aware of the fact that they are supporting the formation of an entity controlled by Hamas and Iran that is part of the Islamic Republic's struggle for hegemony in the Middle East. Shalom's comments came in an interview with Israel Radio.
Shalom said that the Palestinian unity deal can serve as a reason not to allow the formation and recognition of a Palestinian state.
The vice premier also expressed concern over Egyptian plans to open up the Rafah crossing with Gaza, saying Israel must prepare for changes in Egyptian policy and in the Middle East.
Shalom warned that the opening of Rafah crossing could lead to terror operatives and materials entering Gaza.