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Israeli lawmakers demanded the defense minister’s resignation. Members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called Monday for Amir Peretz to step down. This followed Peretz’s telephone conversation Sunday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Talks on forming a unity government in the Palestinian Authority were suspended. An aide to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas, who heads the formerly dominant Fatah faction, said Monday that negotiations on joining a coalition with the governing Hamas had been suspended given irreconcilable differences.