Swearing-in of unity government in Ramallah
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The cabinet of the Palestinian unity government will meet for the first time on Thursday, and the meeting will take place in Gaza.

The Ma’an news agency reported on Wednesday that over 50 members of the presidential guard will accompany Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on his visit to Gaza for the cabinet meeting.

The security personnel will work in coordination with Gaza security forces, officials told the Bethlehem-based news agency.

The first cabinet meeting was made possible after Israel issued permits to allow ministers to attend, according to Ma’an.

It will be the first time that ministers from the new government have convened together.

Rival factions Hamas and Fatah set up a unity government of independents in June after seven years of hostilities between the sides, but there have been multiple reports over the past several months that the unity government has been slowly crumbling.

Differences of opinion have surfaced over several issues, including the war in Gaza, reactions to the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers, and the delayed payment of wages for government workers in Gaza in the weeks leading up to Operation Protective Edge. 

Nevertheless, the sides reached a comprehensive agreement in late September that kept the unity government in place.

Hamas has called on Gazans to welcome Hamdallah and the unity government to Gaza on Thursday, according to Ma’an.

Some Gazans blame Hamdallah and the Palestinian Authority for the wages dispute that has left many employees of the former Hamas government unpaid for months.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of the Sukkot holiday in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)