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Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon reprimanded Israel’s ambassador to Germany over a newspaper interview in which Avi Primor was quoted as calling the fervently Orthodox Shas Party undemocratic. Sharon also said Primor’s posting to Bonn would not be extended past the summer. Shas officials, who had demanded that Primor be summoned back to Israel earlier in the week, said they found Sharon’s action harsh, saying they had already accepted Primor’s apology.

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