Israel


21 May 2011 03:13 pm

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BiBi Netanyahu and Barry Soetoro in their early twenties

Image from Lucianne.com

President Obama was faced down by a leader yesterday in the White House when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed him in front of the world about the facts of life in the Middle East that Israel faces with its enemies on all its borders.

Obama’s declaration in his State Department address on Thursday that any future Israel/Palestine peace agreement should be based on the 1967 borders was delivered on the day before he was to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Perhaps this move didn’t work out as well as he expected.

Obama wasn’t dealing with a reporter from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC or CBS. He wasn’t even dealing with the Republican Congress.

Perhaps behind the closed doors of the White House, Obama threatened to do what he did the last time he met with Prime Minister Netanyahu in the White House when he rudely left him high and dry to go have dinner with his family, refusing to do a presser with the prime minister.

This time it didn’t work.

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The community organizer, Barack Hussein Obama was rebuked by Benjamin Netanyahu - “soldier, diplomat and the ninth Prime Minister of the State of Israel,” for all the world to see.

Here is Jake Tapper’s take:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to think he needed to educate President Obama on some issues today, so in the Oval Office he described in some detail to the president a history of the refugee problem in the region dating back 63 years, as well as his view on the need for Israel to be able to defend itself in the context of thousands of years of Jewish suffering.

“We don’t have a lot of margin for error,” Netanyahu said to the president. “Because, Mr. President, history will not give the Jewish people another chance.”

Netanyahu, whose father is a retired academic, offered the president repeated history lessons, saying Jews have “been around for almost 4,000 years. We have experienced struggle and suffering like no other people. We’ve gone through expulsions and pogroms and massacres and the murder of millions. But I can say that even at the dearth of — even at the nadir of the valley of death, we never lost hope and we never lost our dream of reestablishing a sovereign state in our ancient homeland, the land of Israel.”

Netanyahu said that “while Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines, because these lines are indefensible, because they don’t take into account certain changes that have taken place on the ground, demographic changes that have taken place over the last 44 years.”

In 1967, Netanyahu said, “Israel was all of 9 miles wide — half the width of the Washington Beltway… So we can’t go back to those indefensible lines, and we’re going to have to have a long-term military presence along the Jordan.”

Americans have traditionally been pro-Israel. We’ve seen the carnage that Arafat, Hamas, and The Palestinian Authority have wreaked on Israeli citizens. It is indeed, unusual for a Prime Minister of a foreign country to regretfully rebuke and instruct an American President in a news setting while in the White House but in many Americans’ views and in this American’s view in particular, Obama had it coming.

26 Nov 2008 06:25 pm

Taking a break from cleaning the house before the return of the Charlotte and her Thanksgiving guest, a fellow law school student who is a fascinating young woman, born in Paris on Bastille Day, the very day a year after her older brother had been born in Lebanon in 1982 during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

The first birth was premature, brought on by the terror of the bombs in Lebanon, the second birth was also premature, brought on by the noise of the fireworks in Paris. The Christian Lebanese family eventually were able to move to the United States where they brought their children up in Alabama.

Anyway, the shopping is done, the cleaning is ongoing and I need a break.

Checking out the non-Turkey news I find this Instapundit link to Ed Driscoll who has a New Silicon Graffiti Video about anger in politics. I like the name “A Bee in the Mouth!”

Ouch!

Ed interviews Peter Wood, writer of the book, “A Bee in the Mouth!”, (hence the name of the video) and gives me a new book to add to my Christmas wish list. Peter examines the anger in politics which has been growing in the past four generations.

I plead guilty to being extremely angry at my fellow Americans when they bought what Bill Clinton was selling. I was appalled, shocked, saddened and yes, angry. But I didn’t take to the road with ugly bumper stickers on my car, nor did I join an outfit like Moveon.org which was started up after the impeachment of Clinton. I did use what opportunities I had as a citizen and wrote one letter to the editor of a newspaper during the 1996 Presidential election arguing against the reelection of Clinton but that was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Clinton had done enough in my book to be sent home to Arkansas but the American people didn’t see it my way. Did I experience some bitter moments after that? Yes indeedy. But I still didn’t become a hater because I wasn’t raised that way.

Ed Driscoll linked to this review of Peter Wood’s book by Stanley Kurtz that is very illuminating and has more indepth thoughts that capture what I have been thinking lately.

Peter Wood’s book is about political anger in America but not specifically in the past election and reading Stanley Kurtz’ thought’s about Wood’s book set me off on an inferential jaunt.

I’ve been thinking about why the American people have turned against the Republicans in this election year. It wasn’t a mandate for Obama because in some states in the South, McCain won over Obama with larger percentages than President Bush beat Kerry.

The South is still very traditional but the midwest and Northeast is just about gone in that respect. Midwesterners and the Northeast might be able to take tough winters but they don’t like mean talk. After all these years of polarizing political speech, they’ve had it with politics. Whoever yelled the loudest got their attention.

The Democrats have been yelling loudest with the help of the media. They got the attention. The message was repeated over and over. The Bush Derangement Syndrome of the extreme left of the Democrat Party went mainstream. People who one would think would have been resistant to such delusions bought into that message because there really wasn’t any pushback from the White House or Bush surrogates or heaven forbid, any Republicans in Congress.

The angry message stuck. The American people bought it. Obama arrived and did his Humphrey Bogart-best. The American people bought it. The media whispered that John McCain seemed angry. The American people bought that.

Ronald Reagan was never the angry type. President Bush, God Bless Him has never been the angry type. Barack Obama seems more angry than both of these men in reality but reality matters no more.

Everything is perception which is why the Peggy Noonans of the world are working hard to make Sarah Palin unelectable. She is not an angry person, just extremely successful as a governor.

Gotta go make a pie.

I’m back from the kitchen. My husband has been watching movies in the computer room while I was blogging so I was unaware of the terror attacks in India today. Horrible.

Oh yeah, I probably won’t get back here for a while, so Happy Thanksgiving. May God comfort all the civilians and the families of those killed and injured in the terror attacks.

28 Jul 2006 10:38 am

Treppenwitz an Israeli blogger, has the story.

He also wrote an amazing post recently that included this quote…….

As much as it may sicken the world to stand by and watch it happen, strong hands need to hold back the weak-hearted and let the fight continue until one side finally admits unambiguous defeat.

Hat tip: The Full Montey Pieathon

28 Jul 2006 12:18 am

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seen here at the piano, is expected to resume her Middle East crisis mission, as the United States warned against a “fake peace” to end fighting between Israel and Hezbollah.

In the early nineties I was teaching sixth grade for DoDDS in Panama and a fellow sixth grade teacher said something to me that I have always remembered.

We both had playground duty one day and were watching the students play near the Goethals Monument. Some kids started to yell and we looked over to see that a fight had broken out. A smaller boy was punching out the sixth grade bully.

Mr. Stout looked at me and said, “Watch. I’m going to do the slow walk. By the time I get over to the boys to stop the fight the bully’s going to get what he deserves.”

And that’s what Mr. Stout did. The bully was served a generous amount of humble pie before the fight was stopped. He didn’t bother the smaller boy for the rest of the year.

Hopefully, the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice will do the slow walk on her return visit to the Middle East (whenever that is) and give Israel the precious time it needs to obliterate Hezbollah from Lebanon.

Meanwhile Charles Krauthammer writes in todays New York Daily News that it’s wrong to expect Israel to show restraint in the war against Hezbollah.

26 Jul 2006 04:26 pm

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Oh look. Nasrallah’s smiling. That must mean he’s nice and not a terrorist.

Right?

Lorie Byrd’s discovered a CNN correspondent who posts at Anderson Cooper’s blog and is having trouble telling the difference between a terrorist and a hole in the ground.

Tom Foreman takes the anti-western view and looks at the good works Hezbollah is said to do for Shiite Muslim families. They shovel snow and serve soup and run hospitals, Foreman claims. So if Hezbollah does all that and only in its spare time kills Israelis it can’t actually be called (shock!) a terrorist group can it?

Oh yes Mr. Foreman, Hezbollah can be called a terrorist group and is in fact a terrorist group.

The key difference is this: Social service agencies serve social needs such as elderly, poverty, educational, etc…..

Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and other organizations, religious or secular also help their communities.

If certain elements in the United Way sent out young men strapped with bombs to the local Starbucks to kill civilians for whatever reason our government would quickly shut it down.

The despicable racist group, the Ku Klux Klan has attempted in the past to contribute to the upkeep of roads and highways. It’s doubtful that Foreman would consider the KKK a brave force for good as he does Hezbollah.

Whether Hezbollah (and Hamas) spend 90% of its time and resources on social services and 10% on terrorizing innocent people they are still terrorist groups. One drop of poison in a glass of water can still kill.

I suspect this Tom Foreman’s an American or at least western and that he can’t tell the difference between a terrorist group and a charitable group is telling but not surprising. After all, he works for CNN.

What makes a terrorist?

I don’t mean why do people starting bombing, and shooting and fighting from the shadows. I mean, for the purposes of news organizations defining terrorism, what should the definition be?

The United States and others clearly call Hezbollah a terrorist group: The source of countless raids, bombings and attacks on Israel; the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, which left 241 people dead; and the architects of all those displays in which young men cover their faces, strap mock bombs to their chests, and parade before the cameras pledging to kill any and all soldiers and civilians alike who oppose their cause.

All this makes Hezbollah, especially for many westerners, the very definition of a terrorist group.

But some people describe another part of Hezbollah. They talk about a group that is beloved in southern Lebanon for running schools, hospitals, social services, even clearing snow in the winter for some communities that the official government of Lebanon does not serve. They say these things make Hezbollah something other than a terrorist group: A quasi-government; a nation within a nation.

All of this is done for Shiite Muslim families. The Shiites in Lebanon have long felt economically and politically deprived, and Hezbollah clearly gives many of them a feeling of both military and social strength.

So for one side, Hezbollah is a killing machine bent on seizing by terror what it wants from the world; for the other side, Hezbollah is a brave force, fighting for the rights of its people.

So what should the standard be? If you ran a newsroom, how would you define who is called a terrorist and who is not? What, for you, is Hezbollah?

Be sure to read Mary Katharine Ham’s take which is so apt.

24 Jul 2006 12:03 am

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An Israeli soldier walks past a fire surrounding an artillery range after a Hezbollah rocket barrage struck the area near Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel Sunday July 23, 2006.

I read two poetic and profoundly true quotes at two different blogs tonight.

Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt

With soldiers like this Israel can never be stopped.
The question is, are the politician up to the standards of these soldiers?

and….

Every soldier wounded is a national tragedy. Every soldier killed is the destruction of an entire world.

Israel faces fierce battles with Hezbollah

SIDON, Lebanon - Mideast diplomats were pressing Syria to stop backing Hezbollah as the guerrillas fired more deadly rockets onto Israel’s third-largest city Sunday. Israel faced tougher-than-expected ground battles and bombarded targets in southern Lebanon, hitting a convoy of refugees.

There’s more…….

Michelle Malkin’s Vent is a MUST SEE today.

18 Jul 2006 09:14 am

I’m in a swearing kind of mood today. Coffee doesn’t seem to be helping a great deal at this point. After all, coffee’s hot. It’s hot outside. It’s hot inside. I have to call someone to get them out here to see what’s wrong with the air conditioning unit for the downstairs.

It’s July. It’s supposed to be hot. It’s amusing to read all the headlines about the heat

It would be unusual if it were March……or April. But it’s July! Sheesh!

But then I read this unbelievable tripe by Richard Cohen and it’s a good thing I’m not drinking coffee.

Cohen writes that Israel is a mistake. Cohen is a Jewish name so that means that Richard Cohen is somewhat Jewish or genetically Jewish anyway. A son of Israel calling her a mistake is akin to a daughter calling her mother a b*tch. People curse their parents all the time.

But for a self-hating man like Cohen to describe the great and ancient nation of Israel using a mundane, anemic word like “mistake” is an indication that the man has no soul. He’s so comfortable and self-centered in his thinking that he makes no attempt to open his mind to reality. I suppose Cohen’s example explains all manner of beliefs and reasoning.

I try not to swear. I really do. Using obscenities or swear-words generally add nothing to intelligent conversations or writing but in this case I don’t know how else to describe Cohen. He is a Jew who lives and writes as a free man in a free country. But he’s made the choice to denigrate the tragic and amazing history of his people by calling Israel a “mistake.” Cohen is a son of a b*tch.

The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.

No, Richard. Buttening your shirt wrong is a mistake.

The establishment of the nation of Israel was never a mistake but has always been a challenge and that’s because of the virulent hatred of Israel’s enemies and not Israel herself.

This much I agree with…….

It is also true, as some critics warned, that Israel’s withdrawal from southern Lebanon was seen by its enemies — and claimed by Hezbollah — as a defeat for the mighty Jewish state. Hezbollah took credit for this, as well it should. Its persistent attacks bled Israel. In the end, Israel got out and the United Nations promised it a secure border. The Lebanese army would see to that. (And the check is in the mail.)

But the rest of the article is the writing of a small minded, appeaser who has no soul and is a son of a b*tch.

Allahpundit’s pointed me in the direction of Meryl Yourish who administers a b*tch slapping to the self-hating Cohen.

17 Jul 2006 05:00 pm

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The sister of Israeli soldier Sgt. Gadi Musayeb gives a military salute during his funeral at in the coastal town of Nahariya, in the northern coastal town of Nahariya, Friday, July 14, 2006. Musayeb, 20, was the commander of an Israeli tank that was hit by a rocket fired by Hezbollah guerrillas on Wednesday, killing the four crew members.

This article by Bill Kristol at the Weekly Standard is essential reading….

WHY IS THIS ARAB-ISRAELI WAR different from all other Arab-Israeli wars? Because it’s not an Arab-Israeli war. Most of Israel’s traditional Arab enemies have checked out of the current conflict. The governments of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia are, to say the least, indifferent to the fate of Hamas and Hezbollah. The Palestine Liberation Organization (Fatah) isn’t a player. The prime mover behind the terrorist groups who have started this war is a non-Arab state, Iran, which wasn’t involved in any of Israel’s previous wars.

What’s happening in the Middle East, then, isn’t just another chapter in the Arab-Israeli conflict. What’s happening is an Islamist-Israeli war. You might even say this is part of the Islamist war on the West–but is India part of the West? Better to say that what’s under attack is liberal democratic civilization, whose leading representative right now happens to be the United States.

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Lone Pine: Australian infantry in a captured Turkish trench

Gallipoli was a battle fought in the First WORLD War. Not well understood at the time were the strategic weaknesses and strengths of the combatant nations. This lack of strategic knowledge continued throughout World War ll which unfortunately, ended with the British Empire in a decline.

Europe’s loss of political power in the world arena, the Cold War and the emergence of rising dynamic new economies including Israel and her longtime enemies, the rich in oil, Arab states brought a new level of anxiety to the world.

We are now facing a situation which has the potential of becoming a key battle in the newest WORLD War. (The War on Islamic Terror) The misunderstanding of the strategic importance of seemingly small political decisions can lead to a phenomenal defeat or victory on the world stage.

This could possibly be what we are seeing today in Israel. It is interesting to note that in the First World War a potential political and strategic milestone was sadly missed due to a lack of foresight in the allied camp.

In April, 1915 during World War 1 some 70,000 British, Australian, New Zealand, and French troops were launched against Turkey in an attempt to knock Turkey out of the war and unlock a supply route to the Russian armies.

The Gallipoli campaign also offered, if it were successful, a chance of acquiring helpful allies from among the Balkin states and so, in Lloyd George’s notable phrase, “knocking the props from beneath Austria-Hungary.”

The great chance sadly became a failure to adapt and later the poet John Masefield who saw action at Gallipoli wrote, “In war, as in life, the unusual thing, however little, betrays the unusual thing, however great.”

In the case of the Gallipoli campaign what could have turned a defeat into a victory were “two fresh battalions and a ton of water.”

This illustrates how difficult it was for those in power to fully recognize the opportunities which were presented by this military campaign.

There is a parallel to the current Israeli - Islamist conflict. As Bill Kristol writes, the traditional enemies of Israel: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq are staying out of the current conflict.

This provides a phenomenal political yardstick and presents a strategic opportunity for the United States and her allies in the War on Terror. Is this the first step whereby the conflict in the middle east becomes defined as a terrorist war (rather than a war between Israel and Arabs) to the other nations of this earth?

The political distance these countries are keeping between them and the current conflict in Israel and southern Lebanon seems to be an indication that perhaps the terrorist threat could be recognized by them as a double-edged sword.

Ed Morrisey believes that the distance Saudi Arabia is keeping from Hezbollah is based on its fear of Iran.

These countries could be useful allies if, at the very least, they continue to stay out of the conflict, take measures to arrest jihadists in their respective countries who attempt to join Hezbollah or Hamas and provide intelligence to all of the other liberal democratic civilizations.

Who knows, this could knock the props from beneath Iran, the original terrorist state and its client, Syria, who seem to be actively involved.

17 Jul 2006 08:44 am

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So the President says, “shit.” Perhaps a little crude but it’s not really cursing and we’ve heard it around these parts. More like swearing.

Interesting that the microphone only picked up President Bush’s words and no one elses. (well it does pick up Tony Blair as he converses with the president.)

President Bush is right. Hezbollah ought to stop doing this shit but that’s what all Islamic terrorists do.

According to this comparative religions guide if shit happens it’s the Will of Allah. I like the president’s remarks in the last sentence.

A microphone picked up an unaware President Bush saying on Monday Syria should press Hezbollah to “stop doing this shit” and that his secretary of state may go to the Middle East soon.

Bush was talking privately to British Prime Minister Tony Blair during a lunch at the Group of Eight summit in St Petersburg about an upsurge of violence in the Middle East, not realizing a microphone was recording what he said.

“I think Condi (Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) is going to go pretty soon,” Bush said.

Blair replied: “Right, that’s all that matters, it will take some time to get that together.”

Blair replied: “Right, that’s all that matters, it will take some time to get that together.”

The two leaders also referred to an offer by Blair to help. Blair said Rice has “got to succeed” if she goes out to the region.

Bush replied: “What they need to do it to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit.” Shortly afterwards Blair noticed the microphone and hastily switched it off, but not before the recording had reached news media.

ALLAHPUNDIT has the video.

UPDATE: Here is the transcript!

Blair/Bush exchange: transcript
Bush: Yo, Blair. How are you doing?

Blair: I’m just…

Bush: You’re leaving?

Blair: No, no, no not yet. On this trade thingy…[INAUDIBLE]

Bush: Yeah, I told that to the man.

Blair: Are you planning to say that here or not?

Bush: If you want me to.

Blair: Well, it’s just that if the discussion arises…

Bush: I just want some movement.

Blair: Yeah.

Bush: Yesterday we didn’t see much movement.

Blair: No, no, it may be that it’s not, it may be that it’s impossible.

Bush: I am prepared to say it.

Blair: But it’s just I think what we need to be an opposition…

Bush: Who is introducing the trade?

Blair: Angela [Merkel, the German Chancellor].

Bush: Tell her to call ’em.

Blair: Yes.

Bush: Tell her to put him on, them on the spot. Thanks for [INAUDIBLE] it’s awfully thoughtful of you.

Blair: It’s a pleasure.

Bush: I know you picked it out yourself.

Blair: Oh, absolutely, in fact [INAUDIBLE].

Bush: What about Kofi? [INAUDIBLE] His attitude to ceasefire and everything else … happens.

Blair: Yeah, no I think the [INAUDIBLE] is really difficult. We can’t stop this unless you get this international business agreed.

Bush: Yeah.

Blair: I don’t know what you guys have talked about, but as I say I am perfectly happy to try and see what the lie of the land is, but you need that done quickly because otherwise it will spiral.

Bush: I think Condi is going to go pretty soon.

Blair: But that’s, that’s, that’s all that matters. But if you… you see it will take some time to get that together.

Bush: Yeah, yeah.

Blair: But at least it gives people…

Bush: It’s a process, I agree. I told her your offer to…

Blair: Well…it’s only if I mean… you know. If she’s got a…, or if she needs the ground prepared as it were… Because obviously if she goes out, she’s got to succeed, if it were, whereas I can go out and just talk.

Bush: You see, the … thing is what they need to do is to get Syria, to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it’s over.

Blair: [INAUDIBLE]

Bush: [INADUBILE]

Blair: Syria.

Bush: Why?

Blair: Because I think this is all part of the same thing.

Bush: Yeah.

Blair: What does he think? He thinks if Lebanon turns out fine, if we get a solution in Israel and Palestine, Iraq goes in the right way…

Bush: Yeah, yeah, he is sweet.

Blair: He is honey. And that’s what the whole thing is about. It’s the same with Iraq.

Bush: I felt like telling Kofi to call, to get on the phone to Assad and make something happen.

Blair: Yeah.

Bush: [INAUDIBLE]

Blair:[INAUDIBLE]

Bush: We are not blaming the Lebanese government.

Blair: Is this…? (at this point Blair taps the microphone in front of him and the sound is cut.)

Transcript provided by Sky News

15 Jul 2006 04:49 pm

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CELEBRATING ISRAEL’S 58 YEARS

Haifa—-July 15……The Israel News Agency is asking the Israel public, Jews and Christians worldwide to display the Israel flag and to coordinate rallies in support of Israel at this critical time.

Israel, which left both Lebanon and Gaza in unilateral moves for peace, now finds itself defending herself against terrorist Qassam and Katusha rockets from Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

This was a totally unprovoked war for which Israel finds its cities and towns now being targeted by Islam terrorists.

Kiryat Shomona, Metulla, Ashdod, Sderot, Nahariya, Safed, Haifa and today the Sea of Galilee city of Tiberius have been struck by terror rockets. In each and every instance, Israel civilians have been murdered or injured.

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The Peace process has been on life-support for years. Israel certainly knew it was dead.

But now it’s undeniably and reliably dead.

Whether the Big He will admit it

he once swore to defend it.

So Wake up - sleepy head.

Rub your eyes…get out of bed.

Even the Arab League is admitting it.

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Israel says there’s no going back……

Israeli leaders have warned that the battle could be a long one, and say that Israel will not accept a return to the conditions that existed before the fighting broke out, with Hezbollah and not the Lebanese Army controlling Lebanon’s southern border with Israel.

At least Israel understands the threat she faces whether or not the rest of the world does.

IDF official: Hizbullah hid rockets in houses

Officer says Israeli planes struck houses in Southern Lebanon villages used by Hizbullah for concealing long-range rockets. ‘We have no intention of hitting civilians, but those who live by the sword are bound to get hurt,’ he states

So Israel is not letting up. The fighting is intensifying.

Michelle Malkin reports that the views expressed by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who issued the statement condemning Israel while the Pope was on vacation, may be renegade views.

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