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Thank You, Dear Leaders, for Mentioning the Holocaust

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If Russian President Vladimir Putin pardons Naama Issachar, it will be cause for jubilation. The joy will be that much greater if, when he lands in Israel Thursday, “our” Naama (we’ve grown close enough to use just her first name) walks out of the plane with him. What could be more symbolic than Naama’s release on the same day as the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel, close to the launch of the Likud election campaign? Then, standing beside world leaders and other officials, and before hundreds of journalists (the Russian delegation alone includes 95 reporters accompanying the freedom-of-expression-loving leader), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could rightly reap the rewards of the national event. For he promised and might also deliver; if not, he certainly spared no effort to meet his commitment. A genuine redeemer of captives, “a leader in a different league,” to use his campaign slogan.

There’s no denying the importance of the forum, even if much of its funding comes from Russian oligarch Moshe Kantor, who donated 40,000 shekels ($11,500) to Netanyahu’s 2012 election campaign (TheMarker Hebrew,........

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