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on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 12:13 AM.
Israel may suspend contracts with Abbas
Occupied Jerusalem, February 12 - Israel may suspend contracts with moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas if his new unity government with Hamas does not meet international demands, Israeli officials said on Monday.
The unity deal and Israel’s response could hinder US efforts to revive long delayed peace talks as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans a three-way summit with Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Occupied Jerusalem on February 19.
An Israeli defence official said ties with Mohammad Dahlan, a top Abbas aide who helped lead Fatah's power struggle with Hamas, were also in doubt. Dahlan took part in the unity talks though his role in the new Palestinian government is unclear.
Israeli officials said any suspension may only be temporary. Top advisers to Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and other ministers were to meet later on Monday to consider the options. Agencies
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