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U.S. lawmakers cancel meeting with Palestinian prime minister

Move follows deadly bombing in Jerusalem


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Both the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government are taking strong measures in the aftermath of a deadly bus bombing in Jerusalem.
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A U.S. congressional delegation in Israel on Wednesday canceled a planned meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas after the bombing of a Jerusalem bus, with one lawmaker saying Abbas was "impotent to stop terror or unwilling to act."

"The purpose of our meeting was to impress upon the Palestinian prime minister how urgent it is that he crack down on acts of violence," Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, said in a written statement.

"We have concluded that it is pointless to meet with Mazen as he is either impotent to stop terror or unwilling to act. Either way, it is hard to see him as a partner for peace," Weiner said.

Weiner and fellow New York Democrats Eliot Engel and Gregory Meeks are in the country meeting with Israeli officials. They planned to meet Thursday with Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen.

Tuesday's massive suicide bombing killed at least 20 people, including at least four children. More than 130 were wounded in the attack, and 50 remained hospitalized Wednesday -- 13 of them in serious or very serious condition.(Full story)

Two Palestinian militant groups, Islamic Jihad and Hamas, claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Abbas condemned the bombing and announced that the Palestinian Authority was ending all talks with representatives of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas.


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