Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Palestinians, Israel Resuming Autonomy Talks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Palestinians, Israel Resuming Autonomy Talks

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Israel agreed Sunday to resume talks with the Palestinians on extending autonomy in the occupied lands.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin said negotiations would resume in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday. PLO leader Yasser Arafat declined comment, but Palestinian sources said privately that they would attend the talks.

The talks were suspended last week over the kidnapping of an Israeli soldier by Islamic militants.

The Israeli Cabinet also reopened the Gaza Strip, sealed off during the kidnapping crisis. But ministers emphasized that they expected Arafat to continue with his crackdown against Hamas, the militant fundamentalist group that captured the soldier.

Talks were suspended following the abduction of Nachshon Waxman, 19, who was killed by his captors Friday night when Israeli commandos stormed their hideout near Jerusalem. A commando and three militants were also killed in the raid.

Fallout from the raid was still felt Sunday in Gaza, where hundreds of Palestinian police blocked roads in central Gaza City to prevent riots, then joined Israeli soldiers in defusing protests by hundreds of Islamic militants near an isolated Jewish settlement.

Violence also was reported in the West Bank, where soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian, Emad Edabe, 22, near Hebron after he refused orders to halt. The army said Edabe had appeared to be committing a theft.

Under intense pressure from Rabin, who believed incorrectly that Waxman was being held in Palestinian-controlled Gaza, Arafat arrested 160 fundamentalists in a two-day sweep last week.

Arafat had been reluctant to crack down on Hamas since autonomy was established in Gaza and Jericho in May, because the movement had considerable support in those areas. Hamas accused Arafat of doing Israel's dirty work and of being an Israeli puppet.

In two statements faxed Sunday to Reuters news agency in Beirut, Hamas vowed to maintain its campaign to force Israel to free Palestinian and Lebanese detainees "at whatever price. …

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