Israel cancels negotiations session with Palestinians after unity deal

JERUSALEM Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:47pm EDT

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Wednesday canceled a planned session of peace negotiations with the Palestinians shortly after a unity deal was signed in Gaza between Hamas Islamists and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organisation.

A statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said: "Israel has canceled a negotiations meeting that was expected to be held this evening," without providing further detail.

(Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan; Editing by Angus MacSwan)