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October 20, 2004
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Israel criticized the European Union for signing a political and economic cooperation deal with Syria. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv that it’s ironic that the deal, signed Tuesday, comes as the United States is stepping up pressure on Syria, which the U.S. State Department lists as a sponsor of terrorism.

The Russian Jewish Congress is likely to have a new president in an apparent attempt to restructure one of Russian Jewry’s leading organizations. During a closed-door meeting Tuesday, the group’s leading donors approved Vladimir Slutsker to replace the current president, Yevgeny Satanovsky, JTA has learned. A banker and member of Russian Parliament’s upper house, Slutsker is little known to the public.

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