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Abbas's National Security Force Is Very Insecure

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On November 19, Ido Zoldan, an Israeli who lived in the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron, was gunned down by men in a passing vehicle.  Actually, he was murdered.  This was a week before the Annapolis peace conference, so-called.Today, Sunday, according to Ha'aretz, the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet let it be known that they had arrested three suspects in the killing.  But this announcement lifted an undated gag order. I suspect that the three were detained before the Annapolis event which took place on November 28.The Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade (oh, God, who is not a self-proclaimed martyr in Palestine?) had taken responsibility for the shooting immediately.  But it turns out that it was much worse.  "The three suspects...are active in the Palestinian Authority's national security service in Ramallah."And I think I know why the Israelis did not reveal the truth earlier.  They didn't want to burden Abbas with this bitter truth: among his personnel, now armed by Israel and the United States, there are still killers, killers of Israelis. 

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