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August 13, 2004
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Ralph Nader defended comments suggesting that the Bush administration and Congress are “puppets” of the Israeli government. “As you know, there is far more freedom in the media, in town squares and among citizens, soldiers, elected representatives and academicians in Israel to debate and discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than there is in the United States,” the independent presidential candidate wrote to Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who had criticized Nader’s remarks. Nader suggests in the letter that mainstream Jewish organizations should be more concerned about the plight of Palestinians. “How often, if ever, has the United States — either the Congress or the White House — pursued a course of action, since 1956, that contradicted the Israeli government’s position?” Nader posted the letter Thursday on his campaign’s Web site.

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