Jordan, the host of next week’s Israeli-Palestinian summit, threw its weight on Thursday behind the U.S. and Israeli idea that Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas crack down on militant Islamist groups. “It’s very important to give the new prime minister the support that he requires in order to fight terrorism. He needs to wage a war within against Hamas and against Jihad al-Islami (Islamic Jihad),” said Jordanian ambassador Karim Kawar. Kawar, speaking at the Israel Policy Forum, said Abbas could succeed against the militants only if Israel enhances his credibility by making gestures to the Palestinians. Palestinian President Yasser Arafat appointed Abbas to the new post of prime minister after the United States insisted on a change in the Palestinian leadership. Full Story
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