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Islamists Reject Palestinian PM, Vow More Attacks

Islamic militants on Tuesday rejected the creation of the post of Palestinian prime minister as a ploy imposed by the United States and Israel and vowed to continue attacks against Israel. The Palestinian parliament on Monday approved appointing a premier nominated by President Yasser Arafat under pressure from international mediators to help defuse the 29-month-old conflict with Israel and revive the peace process. Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) moderate Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, was expected to take the job. He strongly backs renewed peacemaking and has called for an end to militant attacks on Israelis, saying they have set back Palestinian statehood goals. But the leading Muslim militant groups, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, dismissed the political change as a ploy imposed by the United States and Israel to crush “resistance to occupation.” Full Story

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