Everyone loves the Chilean miners' story. It's one of the few good news stories in the world today. So what does Israel do? Attempt to turn it into a cheap PR opprtunity. Classy. And, oo, look, there's a bit of free advertising for Israel in the letter 'During that time, we welcome tens of thousands of pilgrims and we would be pleased to offer you this uplifting and extraordinary experience, as our guests." I wonder if the 'uplifting and extraordinary experience' will include queuing for hours with the locals at all the checkpoints on the way to Bethlehem. That'll be fun. They could experience that thing mentioned in a Haaretz article a few weeks ago, where Pal workers trying to get to work in Israel have to queue in a long crowded, dark concrete passageway fo rhours. Very appropraite, It'll no doubt bring back happy memories for the miners of all those weeks stuck underground.
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