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Palestinian intelligence chief undermines his own political ambitions

In light of the talk about President Mahmoud Abbas’ succession, Palestinian security chief Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj was harshly criticized for his statement to a Western site about his agency’s efforts in preventing 200 attacks against Israelis.
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The head of the Palestinian intelligence service, Maj. Gen. Majid Faraj, is often seen traveling alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In fact, Faraj has been considered by local and international analysts as one of the possible successors of the Palestinian leader.

Faraj rarely talks to the media, but in one of his first interviews, which was part of an article published Jan. 18 by the New York-based Defense News website, he seems to have gotten in big trouble with his own people. The attacks against Faraj, who was born in Dheisheh refugee camp near Bethlehem, focus on what people see as his justification of the Palestinian security coordination with Israel.

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