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With low expectations surrounding US Mideast envoy George Mitchell’s visit with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Friday, some warn a new intifada could break out if progress isn’t made soon.

“The Israelis are afraid of the popular protest model spreading,” said Jonathan Pollak, an Israeli peace activist who said the army has carried out 15 round-ups of anti-barrier protesters in the village of Niilin in a month. “They are terrified of this model gaining momentum, and are setting out to quash it.”

Mitchell met Abbas on Friday to try to break the diplomatic impasse . CSM

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