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A year ago many prominent Israelis seemed smitten with Fidel Castro. “I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” wrote Israeli President Shimon Peres to Fidel Castro on Sept. 24, 2010. “I must confess that your remarks were, in my opinion, unexpected and rife with unique intellectual depth. Your words presented a surprising bridge between a harsh reality and a new horizon. You tried to sail to bigger seas, to show that a small geographical size doesn’t have to reflect human smallness.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not to be outdone: “The remarks attributed to Castro demonstrate his deep understanding of the history of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.”
“The Italian daily Corriere della Sera is reporting that Hezbollah is setting up a base of operations in Cuba in order to extend its ability to reach Israeli targets in Latin America…According to the Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Ahronoth, three members of Hezbollah have already arrived in Cuba to set up the cell, which will allegedly “include 23 operatives, hand-picked by Talal Hamia, a senior member tasked with heading the covert operation. The clandestine terror operation is reportedly called “The Caribbean Case.”
Peres’ and Netanyahu’s sentiments last year sprung from an interview Castro had bequeathed the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, where he outed himself as a lifelong but closet Likudnik. Not coincidentally, perhaps, the interview was arranged by the CFR’s Julia Sweig, alleged to be a Cuban “agent of influence” by the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top Cuba spycatchers, retired Lieut. Col. Chris Simmons.
How do you say Viva Fidel in Arabic?
“Ahmadinejad should be ashamed of himself for denying the Holocaust,” chided the man who as an adolescent carried his dog-eared Mein Kampf everywhere and who copied his “History will Absolve Me” speech straight from Hitler’s courtroom speech defending his Rathhaus Putsch.
“Israel has a definite right to exist,” kibitzed the Stalinist who a year earlier declared that: “The Fuhrer’s swastika is today Israel’s banner!”, who co-sponsored the 1975 UN resolution branding “Zionism as Racism,” and who sent some of his top troops to try and erase Israel during the Yom Kippur War.
“I don’t think anyone has been slandered more than the Jews,” rued the mass-murderer whose media runs these cartoons.