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      PA Getting Less Tough on Hamas

      Senior defense source: PA carrying out less preventative actions against terrorists.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 1/19/2012, 11:10 PM

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      The Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria has grown more lax in its fight against terrorists than it was before, a senior defense source says.

      "There are two reasons for this," the source told Arutz Sheva. "The first is a legal reform carried out in the PA. They built a new court building and added judicial constraints on arrests."

      "The political winds blowing in the PA today also make it difficult to prevent terror attacks," the source added. "The security elements have a vested interest in arresting Hamas members, but activists on another, political level, have a different interest – to avoid hurting Hamas."

      There has been a four year downward turn in the number of people killed in terror attacks in Judea and Samaria. In 2008 the number was 68. In the years 2009, 2010 and 2011 the numbers were 17, 11 and 9, respectively.