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Israel Plans to Ease Off Palestinians Amid Dissent

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is planning a package of conciliatory moves toward Palestinians to quiet Israeli dissent over his hardline policies and bolster his new Palestinian counterpart, political sources said on Friday. Facing growing pressure at home and abroad to help revive a stalled U.S.-backed peace “road map,” Sharon intends to unveil his initiative around the time of a summit expected in coming days with Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie, the sources said. The steps follow unusually sharp criticism this week by President Bush of a barrier Israel is building in the West Bank and signs that Washington will respond by trimming its $9 billion in loan guarantees to the Jewish state. Full Story

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