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September 22, 2003
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Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned trip to Dubai due to security concerns. The Israeli finance minister was to head Israel’s 80-person delegation to the annual conference of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, Ha’aretz reported. Though the United Arab Emirates does not have diplomatic relations with the Jewish state and officially bars Israeli passport holders from the country, IMF rules require that host countries welcome all participants. Netanyahu’s cancellation follows recent threats by Palestinian Arab terrorist groups to target Israeli leaders for assassination. The Finance Ministry said Netanyahu decided to remain in Israel to deal with urgent matters concerning the 2004 budget draft.

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