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Netanyahu Resists Arabs, Christopher

Wed., June 26, 1996

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is ready to resume peace talks with Palestinians and other Arabs but cannot be forced to swap land for diplomatic recognition by the Arabs.

Nor did he yield to urging Tuesday by Secretary of State Warren Christopher that he redeploy Israeli troops in Hebron so that they steer clear of the West Bank town’s majority Arab population.

“We are studying the question of Hebron in all of its complexities,” Netanyahu said: “Historical complexity, religious complexity, security complexity of the highest order.”

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