French Leader: Israel, Palestinians OK Gaza Plan

PARIS (AP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy says Israel and
the Palestinian Authority have accepted an Egyptian-French plan for
Gaza -- but Israel isn't going quite that far.
Sarkozy made no mention of Hamas, the group that controls Gaza
and is fighting with Israel, in a statement released today after
his return from the Middle East.
Sarkozy says that he "strongly welcomes the acceptance by
Israel and the Palestinian Authority of the French-Egyptian plan
presented yesterday." His statement did not give details of the
Israel says through a spokesman that it "welcomes" the
proposal. Spokesman Mark Regev says Israel could accept the
proposal if it halts "hostile fire" from Gaza and includes
measures to prevent Hamas from rearming.


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