As both Pope John Paul II and Rabbi Eliyahu Tuaf said, Italy is like a 'big brother' to Israel. That should read 'Elio Toaff'. The quotation is wrong, as one would expect from Berlusconi. In fact the opposite was said. Pope John Paul said the Jews were like an 'elder brother', not, which would have been unspeakably condescending, that ex-fascist Italy was like a 'big brother' to Israel. The man is a clown. Take no comfort from his words. When in Libya, embrace Ghedaffi, when in Israel, embrace Netanyahu. When magistrates prove you are a criminal, legislate 20 separate times to change the law and get off the rap. Some friend.
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