Israel is praising the Palestinian Authority for cracking down on crime and corruption in Arab territories in Judea and Samaria, following the arrest of 150 suspects.

The crackdown began in mid-May and has included the arrest of senior security officers, some of whom were trained by the United States.

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The suspects, being held in a PA prison in Jericho, were rounded up by the Presidential Guard, a force loyal to PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Many of the detainees are former members of Fatah’s Al-Aksa martyrs Brigade and the Palestinian National Security Forces, the PA’s US-trained counter-terror wing.

The PA expects to receive a shipment of 4,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles from Jordan, pending Israeli approval.

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Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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