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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Abu Ala makes meeting for peace impossible

Arutz Sheva: Aides of Prime Minister Sharon and Ahmed Qurei are trying to arrange a meeting between the two, but Qurei has set some conditions that have all but placed a meeting out of reach.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said today that aides of Prime Minister Sharon and the PA's Ahmed Qurei (Abu Ala) would meet this week, to prepare a meeting between the two leaders next week. It was reported this afternoon, however, that Abu Ala had set several tough conditions for a meeting with Sharon, including an immediate halt to the partition fence, the demolition of all parts of the fence that are not inside pre-1967 Israel, a removal of the siege around Yasser Arafat, a halt to all construction in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and more.
In other news, General Security Service head Avi Dichter told the [Israeli] Cabinet yesterday that the recent lull in terrorism is misleading. He said that under the surface, the terrorists are seething, and that no fewer than 14 suicide attacks have been thwarted in the past seven weeks. The average number of terrorist warnings has risen from 30 to 50 of late, he noted, adding that the partition fence had proven very effective in stopping attacks.