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July 22, 2005
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Israel expects the United States to broker new diplomatic relations with Arab countries in the wake of its pullout from the Gaza Strip. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom greeted Condoleezza Rice, the U.S. secretary of state, on Thursday on her third visit to Jerusalem this year. Rice decided to visit the region at the last minute in order to spur Israel and the Palestinians to coordinate ahead of Israel’s withdrawal next month from the Gaza Strip. Rice said she would raise “the need for tight coordination and for rapid resolution of a number of key issues that are before the parties in advance of the disengagement.”

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