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Palestinians Aim for Militants' Pledge

Palestinian officials plan to secure a pledge from militant groups next week to halt all attacks against Israel, which they will present along with a demand for full implementation of the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, the top Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday. The comments by Saeb Erekat, which were welcomed by Israel, were the latest sign of progress in efforts to halt three years of violence and resume full-fledged peace talks. Jewish settlers are proposing their own plan, which calls for dismantling the Palestinian Authority and incorporating the West Bank into Israel. The plan, which has little chance of success, demonstrated the many pressures on Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Palestinian factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, have agreed to attend a conference beginning Dec. 2 in Cairo, Egypt. The groups, which have carried out scores of deadly attacks on Israelis, are expected to commit to a cease-fire then, Erekat said. Full Story

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