Palestinian defends security policy

Cooperation with Israel to keep Hamas in check draws fire

Posted: June 19, 2014 at 5:26 a.m.

Israeli soldiers search Wednesday for three Israeli teenagers in the village of Taffouh near the West Bank city of Hebron. The three are feared kidnapped by Palestinian militants and have been missing about a week.

The Palestinian president on Wednesday defended his policy of security cooperation with Israel in a speech to senior Arab officials, even as Israeli forces escalated their most extensive West Bank crackdown in years in response to the apparent abduction of three Israeli teenagers.

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