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WAR: Abbas Orders Forces to Prevent Attacks

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posted on Jan, 17 2005 @ 12:51 PM
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has ordered his forces to prevent any attacks against Israel. Furthermore, he has launched an investigation into the attack last week that killed 6 Israelis. No details of the order were made available and Abbas has asserted that he would use persuasion, and not force to rein in the groups. A spokesman for Hamas has indicated the the attacks will continue.
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas ordered his security forces Monday to try to prevent attacks against Israel and to investigate a shooting at a Gaza Strip crossing that killed six Israeli civilians last week.

However, Palestinian officials would not provide details of the order, and it was unclear how it would be translated into action, if at all. Abbas insists he will use persuasion, not force, to rein in armed groups.

A Hamas spokesman said the Islamic militant group will continue carrying out attacks.

Abbas was under growing pressure to move against militants following last week's attack at the Karni crossing between Gaza and Israel. Israel suspended ties with Abbas in response and ordered its army Sunday to do whatever was needed to stop Palestinian attacks.

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Abbas has to do something or else Sharon will ignore him much like he did Arafat. However, the groups like Hamas have already made threats toward Abbas if he comes after them. Abbas has alot to gain, but much more to lose. If Abbas fails, it bodes poorly for the whole peace process and the Middle East in general. Israel, however, should give him something to work with rather than the dramatic but unhelpful cutting of ties.

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posted on Jan, 18 2005 @ 12:29 PM
Well it doesn't seem like he is too serious about this. It sounds more like he is just going through the motions to satisfy his critics. He is not strong enough to lead Palestine towards peace with Israel; the sooner he is replaced, the better.

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