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June 26, 1998
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Hamas spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin said he would continue suicide attacks against Israel, but was ready for an immediate cease-fire for a limited time period, if Israel withdrew to its pre-1967 borders. Yassin, who also said he would join forces with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat if Arafat abandoned the Oslo peace process, made his comments after returning to the Gaza Strip after a four-month regional tour in which he was believed to have raised millions of dollars for the fundamentalist group. Yassin was released from Israeli prison last year as part of a deal to free two Mossad agents arrested in Jordan after a failed attempt to assassinate a Hamas political leader.

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