Despite the Hamas show of force, Abbas hopes to persuade terror groups to disarm after parliamentary elections in January. “The President will ask all factions that have seats in the legislative council to disband their military wings in areas under Palestinian control," said Abbas' top aide, Rafiq Husseini. That would include Hamas, which is participating in the elections. "Our plan is that after the election, the Palestinian street will be cleaned of militias and illegal weapons," Husseini said.
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