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ISRAEL
Caught in a Vicious Spiral of Violence
As israeli foreign minister shimon peres met with Palestinian negotiators in Greece, the violent point-counterpoint at home continued. Notable fatalities included militant Islamic Jihad leader Iyad Hardan, who died in a phone booth rigged to explode in the West Bank. On Thursday, Palestinian security officials came under attack from soldiers as they returned from talks with Israeli authorities. The Israeli army says that someone on the Palestinian side fired first. Also on Thursday, Palestinians launched mortar attacks on several Israeli communities. Israel responded by striking Palestinian security...

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