[Palestine] If possible, December will be even paler for the Palestinians than in previous months. After a short, hectic period of diplomacy in November, efforts to form a Palestinian coalition government collapsed following the killing of three children in Gaza City. The situation worsened when President Mahmoud Abbas on December 16 spoke in favor of dissolving the Hamas government, which has more or less ruled the occupied territories since March, and holding new elections to the Palestinian Legislative Assembly. The meeting between Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Christmas Eve provided an agreement on a ceasefire, the release of prisoners and a new hope for peace. But after Palestinian rockets. . .
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