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Hamas truce not enough: Israel raises bar

Israel’s Foreign Minister has said his country will not accept a ceasefire from Palestinian militant groups unless the Palestinian Authority then dismantles them. Raising the bar for peace, Silvan Shalom said a ceasefire without such agreement would merely allow the Islamic militant group Hamas to rebuild its armed wing and prepare new strikes. The Palestinian Prime Minister, Mahmoud Abbas, visited the war-torn Gaza strip yesterday to try to persuade militant groups to agree to a hudna, or temporary Islamic truce. But the US President, George Bush, said the world must “deal harshly” with Hamas, which he blames for the near-collapse of the “road map” to peace, while a prominent Republican senator has suggested US troops may have to go after them. The Palestinian Information Minister, Nabil Amr, said he believed a six-month hudna would be agreed within 48 hours. But Mr Shalom told Israeli Army Radio terrorist groups’ infrastructure must be dismantled. Full Story

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