Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Mid-East Truce Edges Closer



As more and more terrorist leaders die, the remaining Palestinians are reacting more favorable to a truce. There is at least some chance Arafat may begin to use his vast intelligence network to prevent terrorist attacks rather than just paying lip service and blaming Israelis.

The Israeli proposal, made by Defence Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, would see Israel pulling its forces back from the Gaza Strip in return for the Palestinian Authority stopping attacks by militant groups.

If security could be guaranteed, Israel says further withdrawals could begin on the West Bank in places such as Hebron and Bethlehem.

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