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Caught in the Cross- fire

As an assassination rocks Israel, the country fights a battle of public opinion abroad.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/caught_in_the_cross_fire_20011019

During the first weeks following the terror attacks on New York and Washington, Israel's Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem instructed officials charged with explaining Israel's position to avoid, when possible, interviews and media queries. Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israel's consul for communications and public affairs in Los Angeles, recalls a prevailing sense within the diplomatic community that no matter how sympathetic they were to America's plight or how good their terrorism expertise, Israelis should realize this was not their fight.

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