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March 13, 2003

Powell rejects notion that US policy driven by Jewish interests

JPost reports

Secretary of State Colin Powell flatly rejected on Thursday any suggestion that the US confrontation with Iraq was engineered by Israel or American Jews.

Powell told a House Appropriations Subcommittee that the drive to compel Iraq to disarm stretches back over two administrations and 12 years of United Nations resolutions.

"It is driven by our own national interest," Powell said under questioning by the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jim Kolbe, who said he wanted to clear up media suggestions that American supporters of Israel - and Israel itself - were driving US strategy.