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Also on Sunday, Mr. Abbas was to meet with U.S. envoy David Hale to try to find a way to resume direct peace talks with Israel, which broke down in December 2008.

Although the Obama administration has renewed pressure on the Palestinians to resume direct negotiations, Mr. Abbas is demanding a framework, agenda and time line before they begin, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says there should be no preconditions to the talks.

Associated Press writer Mohammed Daraghmeh contributed to this report.