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April 28, 2003

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New Palestinian premier refuses to travel till Israel grants Arafat freedom of movement

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After months of delays, Israel and the Palestinians were gearing up today for a new Middle East peace effort that will require both sides to takes steps they have long resisted. (8) JERUSALEM (AP) The incoming Palestinian prime minister demanded on Sunday that Israel grant President Yasser Arafat freedom of movement, reluctant to meet with foreign leaders about Mideast peace moves with the Palestinian leader still under siege. (2) The statement by Incoming Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas reflects Arafat's continuing influence as Palestinians prepare to endorse Abbas and his Cabinet, setting the stage for the presentation of a U.S.-backed peace plan. (2) Four explosions ripped through Lebanon's largest Palestinian refugee camp late Friday night and early this morning, ending a shaky lull in violence there that had lasted throughout the American-led war on Iraq. (12) Palestinian security sources said assailants threw grenades at a United Nations school, into a residential area and near the camp border, prompting armed members of Yasir Arafat's Fatah movement to open fire into the air. (12) Israel will invite Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Mahmoud Abbas to Jerusalem to discuss restarting the peace process once a new Palestinian Cabinet is in place, an Israeli official said Thursday. (10) click here for links to articles