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Banished Palestinians reject a plan for partial repatriation

IT WAS DESCRIBED AS A "PACKAGE DEAL," THOUGH its real design was to forestall a package of economic sanctions by the U.N. Security Council and return attention to stalled Middle East peace talks. In the first policy shift since their expulsion in December, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin offered to repatriate 101 of 396 Palestinians still stranded in southern Lebanon. The rest, Rabin said, could return after a maximum of one year instead of two.

But Israel's tactic, fashioned in part by Washington, satisfied few outside the Clinton Administration. The deportees held out for full enforcement of Security Council Resolution 799,...

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