Ariel Sharon says: "WE CONTROL AMERICA"

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Wed Oct 17 21:12:18 EST 2001

Sharon to Peres: "Don't worry about American pressure; 
we control America" 

Occupied Jerusalem: 3 October, 2001 (IAP News) 

An acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet weekly 
session last week between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and 
his foreign Minister Shimon Peres during which Sharon reportedly 
yelled at Peres, saying "don't worry about American pressure, we 
control America." 

According to Israel radio (in hebrew) Kol Yisrael, Peres warned 
Sharon Wednesday that refusing to heed incessant American 
requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger 
Israeli interests and "turn the US against us." 

At this point, a furious Sharon reportedly turned toward Peres, 
saying "every time we do something you tell me Americans will do 
this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, 
don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish 
people control America, and the Americans know it." 

The radio said Peres and other cabinet ministers warned Sharon 
against saying what he said in public because "it would cause us 
a public relations disaster."

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