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An American team led by U.S. envoy John Wolf met with senior Palestinian officials in the Gaza Strip. Tuesday’s talks came as Palestinians called for a larger American monitoring team that would address all aspects of the “road map” peace plan, not just its security elements. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was due to meet Tuesday evening with representatives of Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups to continue efforts to reach an agreement to halt attacks against Israelis. In a related development, the head of Israeli military intelligence told legislators Tuesday that he believed the Palestinians are seeking a halt to violence for several days in order to advance cease-fire efforts.

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