Britain Decides Not to Pick a Fight with Israel

While Prime Minister Blair privately asked that Israel reconsider its refusal to allow Arafat's representatives to attend a conference on Palestinian reform in London, publicly he supported Israel's right to defend itself and said nothing about their disagreement: "The terrorism inflicted upon innocent Israeli citizens is wicked and murderous and undoubtedly will bring strong action from the Israeli government. No democratic government could do otherwise."

2003-01-08 00:00:00

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