Buoyed by his Gaza pullout, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is heading to the United Nations in New York for 60th anniversary celebrations. He’s now a popular man. So many world leaders want to meet him, that he can't accommodate them all. Government spokesman Mark Regev says chalk it up to the Gaza pullout. “I think when you talk about diplomacy, you talk about using opportunities, and I think here is an opportunity we have where there is goodwill from the international community,” Regev told Israel Television.
It's a big change for Israel, which has been repeatedly condemned in UN resolutions. The leaders of Moslem countries are among those interested in meeting Sharon, including Turkey and Pakistan. Sharon will also meet with President Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jordan's King Abdullah, in addition to leaders from the European Union, Turkey, Australia and Canada.