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Shamir Condemns Visit as Outrage

June 26, 1987|From Reuters

GAZA, Israeli-Occupied Gaza Strip — Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir on Thursday condemned Pope John Paul II's audience with Austrian President Kurt Waldheim as an outrage.

"It's an outrageous act," Shamir told reporters on a tour of the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. "It could be interpreted as a justification for crimes of which Waldheim is accused.

"What is taking place in Rome causes us great anguish," Shamir continued. "I hope that the people who are doing this . . . don't mean to give justification to the disaster that happened more than 40 years ago," he said in a reference to the extermination of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany.

But the prime minister said there was nothing Israel could do to prevent Thursday's meeting.

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