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UK Foreign Minister Due for Frosty Visit

Tuesday, 25 September 2001 12:00 AM

The Israelis were irked by an article Straw wrote in which he said, "One of the factors which helped breed terrorism is the anger which many people in this region feel at events over the years in Palestine."

An authoritative Israeli source told United Press International the statement suggests that Israelis to blame for terrorism, a stance that breeds terror act against Israeli interests.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry's Director General Avi Gil Monday told British Ambassador Shepard Cowper-Cales such an attitude could increase terror, especially since those comments are published in Iran where Straw visited this week. Iran has officially called for Israel's destruction and assists terror groups, Gil added.

Sharon decided to boycott Straw's visit, and the Israelis published a diplomatic excuse saying the prime minister's schedule was so busy he couldn't find time for a meeting. The Prime Minister's office also asked Katsav not to receive Straw, and Katsav agreed.

However Sharon then phoned Blair during which Blair made a "personal request" that Sharon receive Straw and Sharon agreed. The meeting was expected late Tuesday.

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