Israel slows Judea and Samaria pullout after mortar attacks

Tuesday, February 01, 2005 |    

Israel is slowing down its planned pullout from five towns in Judea and Samaria, after Palestinian mortar attacks threatened an unofficial cease-fire. Terrorists launched the attacks after accusing Israel of killing a 10-year-old Palestinian school girl in Gaza. Israel denied the charges and said the girl was apparently killed by Palestinians who fired in the air during a celebration. In talks last night, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told Palestinian negotiator Mohammed Dahlan that if the Palestinian Authority cannot control terrorist groups in Gaza, there's no sense in pulling out of Judea and Samaria. However, Israeli officials say the army will probably withdraw from Ramallah in the coming days as a test case. If it's quiet there, the pullouts will continue.

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