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Abbas Seeks Secret Talks; Olmert says Abbas Failed

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose peacemaking policies were rejected by Hamas after it won elections, said he proposed secret peace talks with Israel and believed a deal could still be reached within a year. But interim Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called Abbas a failed leader, casting doubt on any prospects for negotiations with him once Hamas takes over the government. In an interview with Israel’s Haaretz newspaper published on Friday, Abbas said he proposed opening “a back channel of talks” to American officials and former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres, who has spearheaded peace efforts in the past. Full Story

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