JERUSALEM (AP) -- In a tough speech ahead of his U.S. trip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday he will not budge from a demand for a week without Palestinian attacks as a condition for carrying out a U.S.-backed truce deal.
Violence persisted, with witnesses saying Israeli soldiers opened fire on a Palestinian car at a West Bank roadblock. Israeli media reported that two Palestinians were killed, and the Israeli military was checking.
Palestinian officials said that the U.S. envoy to the Middle East, retired Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni, made no reference to seven days of calm in a meeting with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat on Wednesday. The Palestinians say Sharon's demand is a ploy to get out of Israeli obligations.
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