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Winning Over Foreign Dignitaries by Getting Them Drunk on the Holocaust

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It’s happening on Sunday. Twenty-five legislators from around the world will be coming on a visit to Israel as guests of the Israel Allies Foundation (there is such a thing) and of the Samaria Regional Council, which governs Jewish settlements in the northern West Bank. (Unfortunately there is such a thing as that too).

They’re coming from such leading countries as Estonia, North Macedonia, Romania and Croatia. The delegation is to include the president-elect of Guatemala and someone whom the organizers call a foreign minister, Venezuelan shadow minister of foreign affairs Julio Borges.

The itinerary arranged for them is fascinating. It gives them a glimpse at the Israeli right-wing’s propaganda machine and the right’s cynical use of emotion, which is bereft of its final vestiges of shame. Now it’s stuffing these high-level visitors with a diet of just more kitsch, references to the Holocaust, lies and death – unrestrained by fairness, proportionality, honesty or the truth.

It’s doubtful that North Korea would have dared put together such a ludicrous and insulting program for its guests. The propaganda machines in Romania under the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and apartheid South Africa would certainly have been........

© Haaretz