A Palestinian protester kicks a flaming tyre towards Israeli soldiers (unseen) during clashes near the Israeli Qalandia checkpoint between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem on November 14, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ ABBAS MOMANI)
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Israel's government has blamed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for anti-Jewish violence in occupied Jerusalem, but the Palestinian leader wields neither the political influence nor the security capacity to rein it in, experts say.After the bloodiest attack in the holy city for years, when two Palestinians killed five people at a synagogue Tuesday, Israeli leaders rushed to hold Abbas responsible.The incident was the culmination of months of unrest in Jerusalem, which began with the burning alive of a Palestinian teenager in July, a revenge attack for the murders of three Israeli teens in the occupied West Bank that was blamed on Hamas, the Islamist rivals of Abbas' Fatah faction.Israel's attacks on Abbas are aimed at halting the international campaign, Latte Abdullah said.Even the head of Israel's domestic security service, the Shin Bet, has said Abbas was not to blame, according to comments leaked by officials to Israeli media.
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