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posted: 1/23/2013 9:01 AM

Palestinians plan new peace outreach in Israel

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RAMALLAH, West Bank -- An activist says the Palestinians plan to reassure Israel's public that they are partners for peace, after a strong showing of Israeli moderates in parliament elections ended the domination of hawkish parties.

The activist said Wednesday that a letter with such a message will be sent to Israeli legislators and the media in coming days. He spoke on condition of anonymity because Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has not yet approved the text.

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Palestinian officials say they are pleasantly surprised by the surge of centrist parties but doubt this will fundamentally alter Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line policies.

Netanyahu is likely to retain his job, though it's not a certainty because of the draw between Israel's hawkish and center-left camps. He'll have to bring moderate parties into his new coalition.

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