A spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to "use the opportunity provided by the expansion of its coalition government" to expedite a peace accord.
"This requires an immediate halt to all settlement activity throughout the Palestinian Territories," spokesman Nabil Abu Rdainah said. "The new coalition government needs to be a coalition of peace and not a coalition for war."
The statements came in the wake of Tuesday afternoon's press conference by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz, in which the two announced a unity deal which will bring Kadima into the government.
In contrast, Hamas sources said the new coalition is the most dangerous for the Palestinians, Israel Radio reported.
The organization's spokesman in Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum said that Mofaz believes in killing civilians, including women and children.