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Israel Crackdown Ahead Of Summit

An Israeli soldier stands guard next to a burned Israeli van after it was attacked by Palestinian militants outside the nothern West Bank Arab town of Baka Al -Sharkiya, Monday June 20, 2005.
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The Mideast cease-fire could be unraveling as diplomacy gets into high gear.

Israeli forces arrested 52 Islamic Jihad militants in the biggest West Bank sweep since the truce began four months ago, reports CBS News Correspondent Robert Berger. The raids follow a wave of deadly Islamic Jihad attacks, and came ahead of a rare summit Tuesday between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. They'll discuss coordinating Israel's planned pullout from Gaza, set to begin in just two months.

Abbas has promised to prevent Palestinian militants from firing on Israeli soldiers and settlers as they withdraw, but Sharon doubts that Abbas can deliver.

In other developments:

  • Israeli security cameras captured dramatic footage of a Palestinian woman strapped with explosives who tried to enter Israel from Gaza. Wafa al-Bass aroused the suspicion of soldiers, who found a 22-pound bomb strapped to her legs, under her traditional black robe. The woman had a permit to enter Israel for treatment of severe burns. She told interrogators that she planned to blow up the hospital where she was being treated by Israeli doctors, and hoped to kill as many children as possible. Later, in a television interview, she said she had been taken advantage of by Al-Aqsa Brigades, and begged forgiveness.
  • The Jerusalem municipality said Tuesday it has postponed plans to demolish 88 Arab homes in east Jerusalem to create a national park and was trying to negotiate a compromise with local residents. However, a representative of the residents, lawyer Sami Ershied, said tenants in the neighborhood of Silwan continue to receive demolition orders.