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Abbas meets woman who aided 2001 murder of Israeli


JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel is furious at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for meeting with a Palestinian woman who lured an Israeli teen to the West Bank in 2001, where he was murdered by Palestinians.

Abbas met Amna Muna in Turkey on Wednesday. She was banished there along with 10 other former prisoners released as part of a deal that freed an Israeli soldier held captive by the militant Hamas group.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev says the Palestinian leadership "seems to be putting murderers up on a pedestal."

He said the meeting "raises serious questions as to their commitment and their desire to end the (Mideast) conflict."

Abbas adviser Nimer Hamad defended the meeting. He said it was natural for the Palestinian president to "meet his people wherever they are."

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