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June 29, 2006
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The onus is on the Palestinians to end the current escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip, the White House said. “The Israeli forces are trying to reclaim somebody who was kidnapped and is being held hostage in Gaza, and they’re doing what they can to return him,” White House spokesman Tony Snow said Wednesday in describing Israel’s incursion into Gaza in search of kidnapped soldier Cpl. Gilad Shalit. “It would be a lot easier if the Palestinian Authority and if Hamas simply returned the kidnapped soldier.”

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