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NEWS: Abbas: Militants Face "Iron Fist"

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posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 02:05 PM
Palestinian Prime Minister Abbas has threatend to strike any militants breaking the Israeli ceasefire with an "iron fist". The comments are the harshest yet from Abbas who has chosen negotiation as his main tactic with the militants. He went further to give the Israelis his word that the planned West Bank pull outs will be quiet.
JERUSALEM - In his toughest warning to militants, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday threatened to strike with an "iron fist" anyone who violates a truce with Israel and pledged quiet during Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and four West Bank settlements this summer.

Meanwhile, about 10,000 Israelis streamed into one of the West Bank settlements slated for evacuation to protest the pullout. The rally, far smaller than organizers had expected, followed a protest in a Gaza settlement bloc Wednesday that also was smaller than planned.

Abbas has been under heavy pressure from Israel and the United States to crack down on militants, who had a relatively free hand under Abbas' predecessor, the late Yasser Arafat. Abbas has preferred to negotiate with the militants, who are viewed as resistance heroes by many Palestinians.

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The current Golden Boy of the Middle East can do no wrong it seems. He is walking the fine line between Israeli and Palestinian trust like a pro

Looking half a decade into the future its hard not to see a Palestinian state. With a state there is a real chance of lasting peace in the Middle East.

What will the World focus on if peace breaks out in the Middle East? Will peace be allowed to break out there?

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