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Op-Ed: Hamas vs. Abbas

The war to determine if there will be a Palestinian state has begun. On one side is the quadriad of terror: Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and Arafat’s “martyrs” brigade. Their goal is to defeat Israel and drive the Jews out of the Middle East. On the other side is the Palestinian Authority, largely made up of Arabs who want a state of their own on all of the West Bank and Gaza, engaged in peaceful trade with Israel. For a decade, these two sides tried to present themselves as one, with Yasir Arafat constantly straddling: condemning violence to his European supporters one day, then passing arms to his terrorist wing the next. Now that’s over. Because realists in Israel and the U.S. insisted that Palestinian statehood depended on setting up a government that would end the straddle and confront the terrorists, Palestinian legislators weary of war eased Arafat aside and installed Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, known as Abu Mazen. Full Story

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