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Only Palestinian Authority Can Prevent Third Intifada

There is sufficient rage and despair in the West Bank to fuel another intifada, but Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen knows this would be a fatal blow for Fatah.
A Palestinian argues with Israeli soldiers as he tries to walk through a closed off area during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron September 23, 2013. An Israeli soldier was shot dead on Sunday during a Jewish festival in Hebron, a hotbed of tensions where some 500 Israeli settler families live among 100,000 Palestinians. He was the second Israeli serviceman killed since Friday by suspected Palestinian gunmen as tensions rise in the occupied territory despite a resumption of stalled U.S.-brokered peace
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It was a difficult weekend, which brought back memories of the intifada, of days when report followed report of another terror attack, more dead and more wounded. On Sept. 20, Sgt. Tomer Hazan, an Israeli air force soldier, was abducted and killed. On Sept. 22, Sgt. Gal Kobi was shot to death near the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank town of Hebron.

Mousa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official who has not been heard from for a long time, wrote on his Facebook page: “We are on the verge of a third intifada, and the talks between the [Palestinian] Authority and Israel will blow up in their faces. The $4 billion promised by [US Secretary of State] John Kerry [in economic aid promised to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if it signs an agreement with Israel] will not help save the situation.” 

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