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  6/22/2014, Sivan 24, 5774

Expert: Abbas Paying Lip Service as Arafat Did


Middle East expert Mordechai Keidar said, Sunday, that Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's condemnation of the kidnapping of three teenage yeshiva students in Judea was lip service that does not prove a thing unless he renounces his joining Hamas. Interviewed by Arutz Sheva, Doctor Keidar said Abbas was behaving like former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, who knew how to identify those moments when he had to say things that would satisfy the wishes of Israel and, at times, those of the United States.

Keidar said that the Israel Defense Forces's current operations in Judea and Samaria (Shomron) should have been carried out by the PA security establishment under the preliminary agreements which talked about security cooperation and PA security responsibility. He said Abbas chose just to express himself verbally, rather than look like a collaborator with Israel.

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