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July 23, 2004
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The Israeli population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip grew by 5.3 percent over the past year. Israel’s Interior Ministry said Thursday that as of June 2004 there were slightly more than 243,000 Israelis in settlements, a 5.3 percent rise over the previous 12 months.

Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom’s chief of staff was appointed Israeli consul general in Los Angeles, JTA has learned. Ehud Danoch will replace Ambassador Yuval Rotem when Rotem returns to Israel on Aug. 16. Shalom used one of the political appointments available to him to name his long-time aide to the Los Angeles post. Danoch, a lawyer with a master’s in business, is said to speak English and Spanish fluently.

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