Abbas Vows 'Iron Fist' Against Militants
By RAVI NESSMAN, AP Writer, appearing in the Washington Times
"Whoever wants to sabotage (the truce) with rocket fire or shooting must be stopped by us, even if that requires using force," Abbas said, according to a summary of the speech published Thursday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA. "There is a national consensus regarding the calm, and whoever leaves this consensus will be struck by an iron fist."
We've heard tough talk before from Abbas. But we have yet to see some tough action. Will he be up to the task? And if so, will he live to lead the area to peace?
For the most part Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two largest Palestinian terror organizations, appear to be cooperating. But, as we've all seen, terrorists band together for the appearance of power in large numbers, but are quick to act independently in small gangs when it suits their personal lust for violence.
Still, the peace between Israel and Palestine is moving along despite denizens from both sides staging their various protests inre who gets the settlement territory. It won't be an easy peace to obtain, but any peace is better than the upsurge in violence they have seen the past year or two.