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May 15, 2006
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r which Israel would withdraw from parts of the West Bank and annex others. “We are in a very difficult period and we intend to carry out steps that will bring about a very significant change in life and the quality of life in the State of Israel,” Olmert said Sunday in a Jerusalem speech. According to Israeli sources, Olmert may also be preparing to rebuff possible proposals by Bush to restart peace negotiations with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel has largely shunned Abbas since Hamas took over the Palestinian Authority government.

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