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Israeli PM Repeats Willingness for Peace
    2008-06-23 10:36:39     CRIENGLISH.com

 Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has repeated that his country is willing to make painful compromises for the sake of peace. But he stressed that this will not come at the expense of his country's security.

Olmert spoke at the opening session of the Jewish Agency Board of Governors in Jerusalem on Sunday.

"Peace is a supreme Jewish value and a heart's desire of the state of Israel. We are willing to make painful compromises in the sake of peace. But we will never compromise on our security."

His comments came after last Thursday's Egyptian-mediated truce in Gaza that stopped daily Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel and Israeli counter raids and airstrikes against Hamas militants in Gaza.

The six-month deal is meant to end attacks between the two sides and pave the way for more far-reaching agreements.

More than 400 Palestinians and seven Israelis have dies in the conflict since Islamic Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip a year ago.

Hamas expects Israel to also ease its yearlong blockade on Gaza and open the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

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