Relative Quiet in West Bank Due Largely to PA Security Coordination with Israel

(Times of Israel) Avi Issacharoff - It's Ramadan in Ramallah in the West Bank and the streets are full of people, the markets are bustling, and the stores are announcing sales and discounts. The political horizon is blocked, and there is no intra-Palestinian reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, while security coordination between Israel and the Palestinians continues. Hamas websites are publishing near-daily reports of more and more raids and arrests of Islamic Jihad and Hamas operatives by Abbas' security forces. In addition, in recent months the PA succeeded in preventing a significant number of terror attacks against Israeli targets. This coordination isn't the fruit of any great Palestinian fondness for Israeli Jews. Mainly as a result of its rivalry with Hamas, the PA realized that the latest wave of violence served Hamas' interests while undermining its own status. That is why the PA decided to confront the terrorists and demonstrations.

2016-06-29 00:00:00

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