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Reform tells Olmert no on Iraq

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The U.S. Reform movement reportedly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s request to rescind its resolution calling for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. Olmert made the request when he met with Reform leaders earlier this week, Ha’aretz reported, because he fears a rapid U.S. pullout from Iraq would destabilize the region and could even unseat Jordan’s King Abdullah II, an Israeli ally. Reform leaders, who approved the resolution this week, countered that a continued U.S. presence in Iraq is destabilizing and diminishes U.S. influence in the region.

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