A top Palestinian Liberation Organization decision-making body on Sunday called on Palestinian militants to halt all attacks on Israeli targets. Their charge is that the attacks give Israel an excuse to carry out military operations. The PLO Executive Committee issued a statement calling on militants to “halt all military action that might harm our national goals and gives the Israelis an excuse to obstruct Palestinian stability.” The PLO did not say what action, if any, might be taken against militants who disobey. A senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, downplayed the announcement, saying that the Palestinians will be judged by their deeds, not their words.
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