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Spain's Socialist Leader Flops on the World Stage, an Aide Blames Israel

10:05 AM, Nov 29, 2005 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero hosted a European-Mediterranean summit that ends "with a murmur." From the Los Angeles Times:

The desperation of the summit hosts to achieve agreement, any agreement, was revealed during a break in deliberations. A microphone had been left on near Zapatero, and a top aide complained to him that the Israelis were intractable and that the other members were "ready to throw in the towel."

Zapatero responded: "We must close this! Any way possible!"