Palestinians Edging Closer to Civil War

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Despite the best efforts by leaders of neighboring Arab countries, the hostility between rival Palestinian factions -- Fatah and Hamas - continues to simmer.

Last week, a meeting attended by 10 Palestinian security chiefs, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officials and Israel Police officers took place in the Jewish community of Beit El, located in the mountains north of Jerusalem in the Binyamin area of Judea (also known as the West Bank).

According to Colonel (res.) Moshe Elad, the two factions may be within two or three months of an "intra-Palestinian Intifada."

Several times over the past year, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas hinted that he may want to retire from public life at the end of his term in office on January 9 to devote himself to his family.

According to Elad, Abbas now intends to stay in office for a fifth year, while Hamas, which protested the formation of an emergency government following its takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007, is calling for new elections.

Source: YNet news

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