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Israel, Palestinians Make Concessions as Rice Visits

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Israel, Palestinians Make Concessions as Rice Visits

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Israel, Palestinians Make Concessions as Rice Visits

Israel, Palestinians Make Concessions as Rice Visits

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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is wrapping up her latest mission to the Middle East with separate meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

As part of the visit, Israel has pledged to remove 50 roadblocks in the West Bank, while Palestinian officials said they will do more to stop attacks on Israel.

And a senior Hamas leader based in Damascus added to that offer by pledging to stop targeting civilians, provided that Israel does the same.

Rice is in the region as part of an effort to push Israelis and Palestinians toward a peace agreement before President Bush leaves office.

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