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Malaysian Leader's Talk Attacking Jews Draws Ire From Bush

President Bush told Malaysia’s pugnacious prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, on Monday that he was “wrong and divisive” when he declared last week that Jews ran the world by proxy. Mr. Bush, who rarely recounts his private conversations with other world leaders, sent his press secretary out to report the encounter at the opening of the Asian summit meeting here. The president said the Malaysian leader’s comment “stands squarely against what I believe in.” It was a strange and choreographed encounter, another twist in an up-and-down relationship. For four days after Mr. Mahathir spun out his theory of how Jews survived efforts to destroy them — and then went on to succeed at the expense of Muslims — Mr. Bush was silent on the speech, even as Italy, Australia and other countries condemned it as offensive and anti-Semitic. Full Story

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