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Arafat Affirms Israeli Right to Live in Security

Palestinian President Yasser Arafat extended an olive branch to Israel on Wednesday as his parliament met to vote on a new cabinet considered crucial to reviving U.S.-backed peace moves. Arafat, who has been shunned by Israel, reaffirmed the Jewish state’s right to live in security alongside a future Palestinian state and called for an end to the spiral of Middle East fighting. “We do not deny the right of the Israeli people to live in security side-by-side with the Palestinian people that is also living in their own independent state,” Arafat told lawmakers convened in the West Bank city of Ramallah. In his address, Arafat accused Israel of waging a “criminal war” against a three-year-old Palestinian uprising and of threatening his life. Full Story

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