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July 17, 1998
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Syrian President Hafez Assad arrived in Paris for talks aimed at getting greater French and European involvement in the Middle East peace process. The visit prompted protests by French Jews, and commentators branded the Syrian leader a dictator. Before his arrival, Assad said in an interview that Israeli intransigence in the peace process could lead to war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered by saying that Syria should know that peace could not be achieved through threats.

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