Dalai Lama makes fourth visit to the Holy Land

Thursday, February 16, 2006 | 
The Dalai Lama arrived in Israel on Wednesday for his fourth visit. The purpose of the Buddhist cleric’s visit is to urge Israelis and Palestinians to abandon violence and be prepared to resume a dialogue after Hamas' victory. But Palestinian and Israeli officials both refused to meet with him. He said it was “too early to say,” whether Israel should talk to Hamas. “I think we should wait and see.” The 70-year-old Tibetan spiritual leader has a five-day schedule filled with lectures including one at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Sunday and a tour of Bethlehem.

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