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June 28, 2001
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A former Israeli minister blasted Tuesday’s meeting between President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, criticizing Bush’s insistence on pursuing the peace process despite continued Palestinian violence. “This unnecessary visit really reduced the chances of ending the violence, because it is a victory for Arafat,” dovish Israeli lawmaker Shlomo Ben-Ami said. “This is a slap in the face that will echo in the international arena.”

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