Saturday, March 29, 2003

ISRAELIS FEAR BLAIR'S INFLUENCE OVER BUSH: THOUGHT SHARON WAS IN CHARGE

CHRIS MCGREAL, GUARDIAN - Israel protested to Tony Blair yesterday at what it called his "worrying and outrageous" comments linking the war in Iraq to a settlement of the Palestinian conflict, and at Jack Straw's accusations of western double standards over the enforcement of UN resolutions on Israel. But the vehemence and timing of the protest, as the British prime minister met President George Bush to discuss the war and reaffirm their commitment to the "road map" to Middle East peace, reflected a growing Israeli fear that Mr Blair now exercises more influence than Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, over White House policy on the Jewish state ...

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