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Carter calls for Palestinian reconciliation

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Former US President Jimmy Carter is calling on Palestinian militant Hamas leaders to make peace with Fatah which runs the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

He is on the last leg of a Middle East tour where he met Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza. Urging internal reconciliation he said it was the first step to living side by side with Israelis as two sovereign nations recognised by each other and living in peace. Carter said he had to hold back tears as he viewed the scenes of destruction wrought by Israel’s 22- day offensive: “I come here to the American school which was educating your children, supported by my own country, and I see this has been deliberately destroyed by bombs from F-16s, made in my country and delivered to the Israelis.” The 84-year-old’s visit followed Middle East envoy Tony Blair’s call for more action to deal with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.