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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Palestinian Groups Reject Cairo Peace Plan

CAIRO, Egypt -- With Palestinian factions failing to agree on a complete end to attacks against Israelis, it appeared Sunday they would instead make a conditional offer to stop suicide bombings inside the Jewish state -- a proposal the Israelis, even moderates, are dismissing.

A declaration by senior officials of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the groups responsible for most suicide bombings in Israeli cities, rejects a comprehensive cease-fire to end all fighting, as sought by Egypt and Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority.

Arafat's Fatah faction had insisted on ending all fighting -- inside Israel and against Israeli soldiers and Jewish civilians in Palestinian areas -- if Israel would agree to halt military operations and make political compromises as well.

Arafat's prime minister, Ahmed Qureia, joined the talks in Cairo on Sunday in hopes of reaching a compromise. Egypt's mediator at the talks, intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, was also taking part.

A statement on the outcome of the Cairo negotiations was planned later Sunday, but the delegates were still in dispute over the wording.

Egypt, which brought the Palestinian factions together for cease-fire talks, had hoped the Palestinians would agree to a full-scale truce. Suleiman is to travel to Washington this week and had hoped to take a broad proposal that could win U.S. backing, putting pressure on Israel to go along with a truce.