On Saturday, Secretary Rice met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. “We will ensure a peaceful Israeli withdrawal from Gaza…[and] total coordination with the Israeli side," Abbas said. Rice praised Abbas as a man of peace but said his steps toward reforming the security forces have not gone far enough. “Of course, much more needs to be done, particularly to use actively the security forces to combat lawlessness and to combat terrorism," she said.
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