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Olmert to Rice: “Keep Hamas out of the game”

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday that Hamas Islamists had to be “kept out of the game” while Israel explores new cooperation with the Palestinians. At their first meeting since Hamas seized control in Gaza, Olmert discussed with Rice the possibility of handing over some security control in the occupied West Bank to President Mahmoud Abbas’s forces and said this could only happen “after proper security guarantees” were given, an Israeli spokesman said. Full Story

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