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Olmert, Abbas meet in J'lem to seal deal on negotiating teams

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem Tuesday to confirm the agreement to create negotiating committees and teams that will tackle the conflict’s core issues. Olmert was also expected to tell Abbas that Israel will not allow back into the country most of the Palestinian militants who took refuge in the Church of the Nativity when it was sieged in April 2002. The Palestinians have requested that Israel allow the transfer of the militants to the West Bank from the Gaza Strip, where they are now. A security source told Haaretz Monday that the matter has been thoroughly evaluated after requests by the Palestinians, and the conclusion is that most of the militants are still involved in terrorism. Full Story

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