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December 17, 2003
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Four Israelis were wounded in intifada-related attacks in November, the lowest number since the intifada began. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom attributed the low figure to the security barrier Israel is erecting in the West Bank, Israel’s targeting of terrorist leaders and a recent European crackdown on terrorists’ money sources. Shalom showed the statistics to senior U.S. officials in meetings in Washington on Monday to demonstrate the value of the security fence.

Israel’s defense minister warned Washington not to cede control of Iraq to international forces. Addressing a blue-ribbon security conference in Herzliya on Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz said that a U.S. withdrawal would bolster extremists and harm Israeli interests. Another speaker, Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said Israel should be willing to defy U.S. objections and take unilateral measures to separate from the Palestinians.

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