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March 28, 2005
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Israel’s attorney general said Sunday he would not order a probe to learn who leaked comments reportedly made by the U.S. ambassador to Israel. Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom had asked for the investigation earlier Sunday. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer denied a report Friday in the Yediot Achronot newspaper that he had said there was no understanding between Israel and the United States on Israeli retention of some West Bank settlements in any final peace agreement. Such U.S. guarantees were considered a crucial incentive for Israeli Prime Minister to push through his Gaza Strip withdrawal plan. The remarks reportedly were made during a meeting Kurtzer held with Israeli Foreign Ministry cadets.

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