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Netanyahu, Livni hold meeting

February 23, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Israel's political rivals Benjamin Netanyahu and Tzipi Livni met for the first time since an indecisive Feb. 10 election to talk about a future government.

Netanyahu, hawkish leader of the right-wing Likud party, is trying to persuade Livni, the foreign minister, to be part of a joint government.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International called today for a global arms embargo against Israel, accusing it of using white phosphorous and other weapons supplied by the United States to commit war crimes in the Gaza Strip. It also called on the U.N. Security Council to impose a full arms embargo against Hamas fighters. Amnesty said rocket attacks by Gaza militants against Israeli towns constituted a war crime.

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