Fatah blow to accord

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Israel demanded yesterday that the Palestine Liberation Organisation publicly condemn the killing of a Jewish settler by five members of Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction who contended they acted without the group's knowledge, Reuter reports from Jerusalem.

The army's announcement of the Fatah link - even if indirect - to the killing on 29 September was a political blow to the Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin, on an official visit to the United States. Mr Rabin has repeatedly cited Fatah's adherence to a pledge not to attack Israelis as proof that the PLO chairman is a peace partner who can be trusted.