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Condoleezza Rice arrived in Israel, prepared to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders on a peace agreement.

The U.S. secretary of state, on her seventh Middle East trip in the past nine months, said Monday upon her arrival that she would work on small steps toward peace and not discuss an interim statement.

Rice will spend two days in talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, separately and all together.

Hours before Rice’s arrival, Israel released 198 Palestinian prisoners in a good-will gesture.

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