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August 19, 2002
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Israel is not urging the United States to accelerate its military action against Iraq, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Sunday. Reacting to media reports that Israel urged the U.S. to act against Iraq as soon as possible, Sharon was quoted as telling Cabinet ministers that Israel is not advising the Americans on any course of action. Earlier reports quoted Israeli officials as saying that delaying American action against Saddam Hussein serves no purpose because the Iraqi leader is speeding up production of biological and chemical weapons.

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