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July 25, 2005
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A former Israeli security chief led a cross-country rally in support of the upcoming Gaza Strip withdrawal. Under the banner “Leaving Gaza — Returning to Zionism,” scores of activists led by Ami Ayalon set off from Glilot junction in central Israel on a weeklong tour of the country that will culminate in Jerusalem.

Jacques Chirac told Ha’aretz in an exclusive interview that he feels “profound admiration” and “friendship” for the State of Israel and the Israeli people. The French president recently invited Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to Paris to discuss the retreat from Gaza and the state of French-Israeli relations.

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