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Hard-line Fatah leader in running to succeed Mahmoud Abbas

Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub has taken a harsher stance toward Israel throughout the tensions surrounding the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (L) sits beside senior Fatah leader Jibril Rajoub during the wake for Ata Abbas, the older brother of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ,at al-Yarmouk camp near Damascus January 4, 2011. Atta Abbas, approximately 80 years old, died on Sunday of natural causes, according to a Hamas official. REUTERS/Hamas/Handout   (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY)  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS D

The case of the kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens in Hebron is still at the forefront of the Palestinian situation. The Palestinian leadership has been convening since the bodies of the kidnapped were found on July 1, for fear of major reactions. Al-Monitor learned that President Mahmoud Abbas has during the past days made contacts with Washington and European countries to prevent Israel from carrying out a retaliatory military operation.

While Abbas has kept a more conciliatory and empathetic tone when addressing Israel since the beginning of the crisis, as he denounced the kidnapping, Maj. Gen. Jibril Rajoub, the deputy secretary of Fatah Central Committee, has been quite harsh in his comments on the situation.

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