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Hamas Sets Truce Terms, Israel Demands Crackdown

The Islamic group Hamas ruled out on Monday halting militancy in a three-year-old Palestinian revolt but said it could limit attacks to Israeli soldiers and settlers if the Jewish state stopped harming Palestinian civilians. The declaration by Hamas chief spokesman Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi could set terms in a dialogue sought by Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie on reining in violence in order to advance a U.S.-backed “road map” envisaging peaceful statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip alongside Israel. “The issue that will be possible to be addressed (with the Palestinian Authority) is continuing the resistance to the (Israeli) occupation while avoiding civilian casualties,” Rantissi told Reuters at a Gaza Strip safe house. “But if the enemy (Israel) does not accept then resistance will continue comprehensively,” he said. Full Story

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