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Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon dismissed a U.N. resolution passed last Friday that demands Israel not “remove” Yasser Arafat. On Sunday, Sharon said the U.N. vote will not change Israel’s decision regarding the Palestinian Authority president, whom Israel and the United States regard as a backer of terrorism and an obstacle to peace. “It is erroneous for the U.N., after 9/11, to legitimize one of the world’s arch-terrorists,” Sharon spokesman Ra’anan Gissin said, according to a report in the Jerusalem Post. “For Israel the resolution is irrelevant, but the most critical thing is it makes the U.N. General Assembly irrelevant, and that is dangerous.”

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