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December 12, 2003
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Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his French counterpart clashed over Israel’s security barrier. Speaking Wednesday to about 500 invited guests at the annual dinner of the France-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Dominique De Villepin questioned whether the fence would increase Israel’s security or “fan the flames of hatred between Israel and the Palestinians.” Shalom said that after scores of terrorist attacks against Israel over the last three years, the fence is both necessary and legitimate.

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