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Israel Steps Up Preparations for Iraqi Attack

"According to my understanding," Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee yesterday, "the Americans have decided to attack Iraq, and the countdown has begun."
First Publish: 10/2/2002, 12:34 PM

"According to my understanding," Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee yesterday, "the Americans have decided to attack Iraq, and the countdown has begun." Against this backdrop, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will convene a strategic meeting today with Ben-Eliezer and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres today to discuss Israel's special deterrent means. There has been tension between Sharon and the two others of late, and Sharon breakfasted with Peres this morning in an attempt to bandage the sores.