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Israel ambassador may lose position

May 15, 2005 at 4:51 PM

JERUSALEM, May 15 (UPI) -- Israel's ambassador to Washington could lose his job after a disagreement with the foreign minister over the firing of the diplomat's assistant.

Danny Ayalon filed a complaint with Attorney General Menachem Mazuz after Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom fired Ayalon's personal assistant, Liran Peterzil. Ayalon alleges the firing was ordered because Peterzil failed to arrange a meeting with pop singer Madonna for Shalom's wife when the star visited Israel.

Israeli government sources have now said Shalom wants to cut Ayalon's term in office short, Ha'aretz reported Sunday. However, Shalom has reportedly not discussed the issue with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

"Ayalon is an excellent ambassador. We are pleased with his work in Washington, and as far as we're concerned, he should continue," a senior official in Sharon's bureau said.

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