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Olmert against military response to bombing

Ehud Olmert, Israel’s prime minister-designate, decided on Tuesday to refrain from military action against the Hamas-led Palestinian government but blamed it for Monday’s suicide bombing that killed nine people, for which Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Mr Olmert held a two-hour meeting with security chiefs and decided to revoke the Jerusalem residency rights of three Hamas lawmakers and tighten already strict controls on Palestinians’ movement in the West Bank. It was unclear whether the Hamas lawmakers would be forced to move either to the Gaza Strip or West Bank. Full Story

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