Rice asked Israel to strengthen Fatah and choke Hamas

American Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Washington this month that Israel must “choke off” Hamas, the Hebrew newspaper Ma’ariv reported.

She added that it is necessary to strengthen Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas in advance of a possible all-out war between militias of the rival Hamas and Fatah factions.

Israeli media reported Thursday that the government approved a shipment of a large number of weapons and ammunition for Abbas’s Presidential Guard militia of about 5,000 elite fighters, but he has denied the report. 

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