"'Of course it's a political position' Taha said. Taha said he wrote the report after Israeli officials on Sunday approved a five-year renovation plan for the Western Wall area."// Taha knows that he may be making things up, but he thinks this is acceptable. His problem is that the West treats reality differently than Arabs do. (I exclude Western post-modernists from my statement.) Arabs have an easy time confusing wishful thinking with reality. (Read for example Raphael Patai's book "The Arab Mind".) This problem causes them untold harm in their own lives and national lives, including their terrible losses at the wars with Israel. It makes the Arabs difficult neighbors, but also defeatable neighbors. But what can you do, Israel cannot choose her neighbors.
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Professor Marcus Klingberg, scientist and Soviet spy, has died (Haaretz)
from the article: U.S. condemns Palestinian claim that Western Wall 'isn't Jewish'