'Moderates in W. Bank weaker due to peace process deadlock'

July 12, 2013 12:32

A senior security official in the Palestinian Authority warned that because Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had not made achievements on the diplomatic front with Israel, the moderates in the Palestinian street are losing power, Israel Radio reported on Friday. 

Every day the Palestinian Authority is losing the justification for its existence because of Israeli policy and Israeli actions on the ground, the security official told Israel Radio. In the past, the diplomatic process with Israel was the fuel of the Palestinian security forces in the Palestinian Authority, the official said. 

The official said that the frustration among some in the Palestinian Authority was mounting due to the political deadlock with Israel. He added that Hamas was trying to rebuild its infrastructure in West Bank cities and he believed that its success was dependent on the security and diplomatic situations. 

According to the report, citing another Palestinian security source, the security forces of the Palestinian Authority had thwarted more than ten terrorist attacks against Israel since the beginning of the year.

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