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The United States said it would send Middle East envoy Dennis Ross to the region this weekend to try and resolve the latest dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. Ross’ trip comes as Israel and the Palestinian Authority launched a new round of charges and counter-charges. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the Palestinian Authority had incited lynch mobs against Israel, while Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat said the new conditions that Israel demanded Wednesday violated the Wye agreement. Israel announced it is suspending all further West Bank redeployments called for under the accord until the Palestinian Authority complies with a list of demands, including a promise not to declare statehood next May.

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