al-Aksa: Dump Fayyad, Reunite with Hamas

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CBNNews.com - On Thursday, the al-Aksa Martyrs' Brigades,a terrorist brach of Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Fatah party, called on Abbas to fire Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, cut all contact with Israel, and form a unity government with Hamas.

"We renew our call to President Abbas to fire Salam Fayyad and form a new government that would not abandon the armed struggle," read a flier distributed in Ramallah, where the PA government is headquartered.

Fuming over Israel's counter-terror operation in Bethlehem Wednesday, in which four senior terror leaders were killed, al-Aksa vowed to renew attacks on Israel.

Muhammad Shehadeh and Ahmed Balboul, who oversaw al-Aksa and Islamic Jihad's terror activities in the Bethlehem area, were killed in Wednesday's undercover operation.

At Thursday's funeral, thousands of Palestinians called for increased attacks on Israel. A senior Fatah official in Bethlehem called on the PA to track down the "collaborators" who helped Israel locate the four commanders.

Not long ago, the al-Aksa Brigades threatened to assassinate Prime Minister Fayyad over his perceived collaboration with America and Israel.

Meanwhile, senior Fatah officials have warned the PA chairman that he'll face a grassroots uprising unless he fires Fayyad and like-minded technocrats in the government.

According to Jerusalem Post Palestinian Affairs correspondent Khaled Abu Toameh, some Fatah officials allude to an ongoing power struggle between Abbas and Fayyad, fueled by reports that the U.S. would like to see Fayyad replace Abbas.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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