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Israel recognises Abbas bid to end Palestinian attacks, eases curbs

Israel began easing the pressure on the Palestinians as it acknowledged Mahmud Abbas’s efforts to persuade armed factions in the Gaza Strip to call a halt to their campaign of attacks. While Israeli and Palestinian security officials renewed contacts, the new Palestinian leader expressed hope he could reach a deal with the likes of Hamas during an intensive round of talks in the Islamist movement’s Gaza stronghold. “With the help of God, I hope that our dialogue can succeed,” Abbas told reporters Thursday after attending prayers at Gaza City’s main mosque at the start of the Muslim holidays of Eid el-Adha. Full Story

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