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Israeli Raid a Blow to Abbas’ Prestige

Reeling from a blow to his prestige, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday toured the devastated Jericho prison where Israel spirited away six prisoners, denouncing the raid as an “unforgivable crime,” while Israel pledged to put the six on trial for killing an Israeli Cabinet minister. Abbas toured the battered prison after cutting short a trip to Europe to deal with the crisis. The raid underlined his weakness in the midst of a power struggle with the Islamic Hamas, which swept parliamentary elections against Abbas’ Hamas and is forming a government while rejecting the Palestinian president’s demands to renounce violence and accept interim peace accords with Israel. Full Story

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