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Letter urges Rice to hold fast on P.A.

A
bipartisan letter circulating in the U.S. Senate urges Condoleezza Rice to
resist international pressure to end the isolation of the Palestinian
Authority.

“We
urge you to continue to hold firm and insist that these very basic principles
not change,” says the letter to the U.S. secretary of state initiated by Sen.
Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) “No direct aid and no
contacts with any members of a Palestinian Authority that does not explicitly
and unequivocally recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce terror and accept
previous agreements.”

Russia is pressing others dealing with the
Palestinians to allow assistance to resume now that Hamas, a terrorist group,
and the relatively moderate Fatah have signed a national unity agreement that
would “respect” prior agreements. Israel and the United States want a more
explicit commitment to recognize Israel and end terrorism.

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