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Monday, February 07, 2005

The Revolving Door Returns

Israeli security officials said on Saturday that it appears the Palestinian Authority is continuing with the same 'revolving door' policy from the past when it would arrest suspects involved in terror against Israel but release them shortly after.

'It is a shame that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has not yet acted on the ground to disarm terror organizations and crackdown on terror,' a security official said.

Palestinian security forces on Saturday briefly arrested three leaders of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, which claimed responsibility for a recent attack that lightly wounded two Israeli soldiers.

The arrests marked the first such detentions since Mahmoud Abbas was elected Palestinian Authority chairman last month; however, the three were released five hours after they were arrested, party members said.