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Palestinian Leaders Discuss Statehood Plan

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh have met for talks on a statehood proposal that would recognize Israel.

The meeting in Gaza City was the latest in a series of discussions aimed at resolving differences in the Palestinian government.

Earlier, members of Mr. Abbas' office had said talks between the feuding Fatah and Hamas factions would be postponed.

Mr. Abbas has pushed the statehood plan that would include the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. It also calls for an end to violence.

Hamas has criticized Mr. Abbas' promise to put the initiative to a July 26th referendum if an agreement is not reached.

Meanwhile, Israeli forces raided a Palestinian house in the Gaza Strip and detained two suspected Hamas militants.

A spokesman for Hamas denied the men are connected to the organization.

It was the first time that Israeli forces entered Gaza to capture suspects since Israel withdrew from the area last year.

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