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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