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April 20, 2001
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U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld caught Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by surprise with the announcement that the Bush administration wants to withdraw American soldiers serving as peacekeepers in the Sinai, The New York Times reported. Sharon initially balked at the idea, presented during his visit to Washington last month, according to Israeli diplomats. But Sharon ultimately said he would go along with the idea if a symbolic U.S. presence remains.

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