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October 22, 2004
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Europe and America need to strike a “new deal” that reassesses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Britain’s ambassador to the United States said. David Manning said the new presidential elections should bring about a review of core issues in the relationship, including the “resolution of the debilitating Israel-Palestine dispute, with the impact it has on relations between the Islamic and non-Islamic world.” Discussing the threat of terrorism Wednesday at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Manning called the conflict a “pretext that is used, much more widely than by Al-Qaida, to say that basically the Western world operates a double standard and is out of sympathy with the Arab world. And if we could get some movement on that particular problem, which is why the British government wants to put it at the top of its list of priorities, I think that would do as much as anything to start moving opinion and moving the problem of Al-Qaida f! orward.”

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