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Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Is there some reason this meeting was not a target?

Spiritual leader of the militant group Hamas Sheik Ahmed Yassin, second from left, sits with Egyptian mediator, Moustafa El-Bohairi, left, and Mohammed Ibrahim, second from right, and Hamas leader Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi, right,during a meeting at Yassin's home in Gaza City, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003. Egyptian mediators arrived in Gaza Tuesday to restart talks among Palestinian militant factions about a halt to attacks against Israelis. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
YASSIN: When asked whether he thought there was any hope of Palestinians and Israelis peacefully living side by side, he responded: "They can set up a state in Europe. . . They threw out millions of Palestinians from their homes," he added. "Israelis don't want to live here with the same rights as others." (12/6/03)

RANTISI: In the Gaza Strip, Hamas co-founder Abdel Aziz Rantisi pledged at a rally (12/12/03) that a fresh wave of attacks on Israelis was coming. "Bodies of (Hamas) commandos will continue to shake and to blow up in the depth of the Zionist entity," Rantisi told a cheering crowd of thousands. "Jihad (holy war) is coming."