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The U.S. Senate passed a resolution opposing a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood. Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has threatened to declare a state on May 4, the end of the interim peace period established by the 1993 Oslo peace accord. The resolution has stalled in the House of Representatives, where Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.) is blocking a committee vote on the measure. Gejdenson has told colleagues that he fears the resolution is one-sided, and that it appears to support Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the Jewish state’s election campaign.

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