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Israel squeezes Abu Mazen as West Bank simmers in solidarity with Gaza, Jordan protests

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Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is being called to account by Israel for damages from kite bombs launched by Hamas while he seeks to contain the spread of protests from the Gaza Strip and Jordan to the West Bank. 

Shlomi Eldar writes that Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman “reported to his party’s lawmakers that since the mass protests against Israel began along the border fence on March 30, the Palestinians had launched some 600 firebombs into Israeli territory. Israel intercepted about 400 using various technological means, while the rest landed and blackened 9,000 dunams (2,224 acres) of land, including crops and forests.”

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