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CRACK DOWN ON TERRORISTS, RABIN WARNS

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Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin warned Monday that the expansion of Palestinian autonomy will be impossible if the self-rule government does not curb attacks on Israelis by Islamic extremists.

The warning came as the Palestinian governing council responded to stepped-up attacks by detaining leaders of the Islamic Resistance Movement, or Hamas, for questioning. The authority also announced a campaign to confiscate weapons.Despite the tension, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on expanding self-rule resumed Monday at the Erez crossing point between Israel and Gaza.

A roadside bomb exploded Monday next to a passing Israeli army vehicle, wounding three soldiers just south of the West Bank town of Bethlehem.

Rabin issued his warning after visiting the Gaza Strip site where Islamic militants opposed to the peace process killed one Israeli and wounded six in two attacks Sunday near the Jewish settlement bloc of Gush Katif.

"We do not see on the part of the Palestinian authority a serious effort to deal with those who oppose the agreement," Rabin said.

The newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth said he and the military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Ehud Barak, telephoned PLO leader Yasser Arafat with the warning Sunday.

Rabin said Israel would continue negotiating with the Palestinians on expanding self-rule on the West Bank but no agreements would be implemented until the Palestinian National Authority proved it would curb attacks.