A Terrorist Plots New Mayhem

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas turned 81 earlier this year and often hints at retirement. But despite the speculation about his future and his occasional threats to resign, Abbas keeps plugging along at the head of the Palestinian kleptocracy. Now in the 12th year of the four-year term as president of the PA to which he was elected in 2005, the successor to Yasir Arafat is intent on holding on to the reins of power in Ramallah. But that isn’t deterring the man who is thought to be his most likely successor from planning ahead. As the Times of Israel reported, Marwan Barghouti, who, like Abbas, was a top aide to Arafat, has struck a deal with Hamas and Islamic Jihad for their implicit backing for his candidacy for the PA presidency and for a plan of action against Israel. The plan involves mass demonstrations that, though allegedly non-violent, will besiege Jewish settlements and force Israel back to the 1967 lines without benefit of negotiations or a peace deal.

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A Terrorist Plots New Mayhem

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