Israel will allow exiled Palestinian leader Nawef Hawatmeh, responsible for an infamous attack on an Israeli school more than 30 years ago, to attend a meeting in the West Bank summoned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a spokesman said.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office said the Damascus-based Hawatmeh will be allowed to stay in the West Bank only for a few days.

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Abbas has called a meeting this week of the Palestine Liberation Organization's Central Council to support him in his struggle against the Islamist Hamas organization.

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