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August 18, 2003
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon intervened in a real estate transaction to advance private business, a new report says. The Israeli financial daily Globes reported Sunday that Sharon personally intervened with the Transportation Ministry on behalf of friends from his native moshav of Kfar Malal. Sharon reportedly called the director general of the ministry on behalf of friends who had demanded compensation for land expropriated to build a new road. The friends reportedly received $720,000 in compensation — $110,000 more than originally allocated. Sharon’s office said the prime minister merely had asked the director general to meet with the group, but did not intervene on their behalf.

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