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May 5, 2004
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Some 60 former U.S. diplomats signed a letter criticizing President Bush for backing Israel too strongly. Bush’s endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip, which recognized some Israeli claims in the West Bank and rejected any “right of return” to Israel for Palestinian refugees, “reverses longstanding American policy in the Middle East” and threatens U.S. interests, the letter said.

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