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Israel’s economy grew more slowly than expected in the first quarter of 2003, the Bank of Israel announced. Growth was 1.1 percent, not 3.6 percent as originally forecast, according to Globes newspaper.

Israel commends E.U.

Europe is showing “growing understanding” of Israel’s position regarding the Palestinians, an Israeli diplomat said. The statement by Arye Mekel, Israel’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, came after European diplomats spoke out strongly against efforts by Arab countries to define “terrorism” in a way that condones violence against Israel under the rubric of national liberation.