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  7/26/2007, Av 11, 5767

Israel Okays Transfer of 1,000 Rifles from Jordan to PA


Israel has approved another transfer of semi-automatic M-16 rifles from Jordan to Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Presidential Force elite guards, the largest transfer in several years. Israel is counting on Abbas's militia to use the weapons to prevent a Hamas military takeover although previous shipments of guns often were used in attacks against Israelis.

Israel approved a similar shipment several months ago to PA forces in Gaza, where Hamas took possession of the weapons.