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Sharon Is Defiant in Face of Pressure Over Bribery Inquiry

Two Israeli cabinet ministers said Thursday that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would have to resign if a bribery investigation eventually lead to his indictment. Mr. Sharon continued to swat aside any such possibility, declaring that he would serve “at least until 2007,” when elections are scheduled. As the conflict with the Palestinians abruptly slipped to the sidelines of Israeli political debate, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy playing near the boundary fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, his family and hospital officials said. The Israeli Army said it could not confirm the killing. It said that soldiers had opened fire on a group of people seen approaching Gaza’s fence with a ladder, and that they had wounded two. Israeli paramedics treated the casualties on the spot and then took them to an Israeli hospital, the army said. The youths were unarmed. Full Story

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