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Arafat's Absence Raises Issue of How to Cope

The Israeli cabinet and the Palestinian officials held separate gatherings on Sunday, but dealt with the same question: how to respond to the absence of Yasir Arafat, who remains hospitalized in France with an undiagnosed illness. Israel’s prime minister, Ariel Sharon, told his cabinet that the ailment that afflicts Mr. Arafat, the Palestinian leader, had not altered plans for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal of soldiers and Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, which is scheduled for next year.Full Story

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