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October 25, 2002
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A visiting U.S. official demanded that the Palestinians fight terrorism and reform their government if they want to have a state. The U.S. assistant secretary of state, William Burns, met in Jericho on Thursday with senior Palestinian Authority officials. At earlier talks in Tel Aviv, Israeli Defense Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer told Burns that Israel would oppose elements of a new U.S. peace plan that he said curtail Israel’s right of self-defense.

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