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Israeli, Palestinian Generals Resume Contacts


Israeli and Palestinian security officials met Sunday for the first time since Israel froze contacts after a suicide bombing nearly two weeks ago.

Generals from both sides met to map out plans for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from five West Bank cities and towns that Israel re-occupied during the recently-halted Palestinian uprising.

The withdrawal is part of a package of pledges made by Israel during an Israeli-Palestinian summit early last month.

As the generals met, Israeli security sources revealed that Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz will meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the coming days to further the often-stalled Mideast peace process.

Israel suspended its diplomacy after a Palestinian suicide bombing killed five Israelis February 25 in a Tel Aviv nightclub.

Some information provided by AP and Reuters.

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