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Arafat appeals to Israel for new truce as Hamas fighter killed in Gaza

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has made a direct appeal for a new truce, saying it can win the backing of Hamas, but his call was again dismissed by Israeli ministers as an act of deception. In a series of interviews with the Israeli media, Arafat fleshed out a proposal for a new truce that was initially snubbed. “Yes, I am ready to renew the ‘hudna’. I call on Israel to renew the hudna,” he told Thursday’s edition of the Yediot Aharonot daily, using the Arabic word for truce. “If the Israeli government takes a positive position, we can succeed. I tell the Israelis: enough blood, enough of the destruction and of the daily suffering. Our position has always been against killing Palestinians or Israelis.” Full Story

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