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The Palestinian Authority is trying to rein in terrorist groups in Yasser Arafat’s absence, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said. “There are indications that they are trying to close ranks and stop the Hamas terrorism, but there is no way of knowing if this will succeed,” Mofaz told the Cabinet on Sunday. “We believe Hamas and other terror groups will answer the Palestinian Authority’s call for violence to be curbed. On the other hand, Iran and Hezbollah will continue trying to escalate the violence.”

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