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Monday, December 2, 2013

PM Benjamin Netanyahu Meets With Pope In Vatican


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Pope Francis together with his wife Sarah in the Vatican Monday. The first couple gave the Pope a book about the Inquisition in Spain that was written by Netanyahu's late father.

"The most dangerous regime in the world must not be allowed to have the most dangerous weapon in the world," Netanyahu said at a ceremony with Letta.

Netanyahu presented a Spanish translation of the 1995 book, "The Origins of the Inquisition," to Francis during their 25-minute private audience Monday.

Netanyahu's father, Ben-Zion – Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian who died last year. A Zionist activist who opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews, he was best known in academic circles for his research into the Catholic Church's medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain.

"To his Holiness Pope Franciscus, a great shepherd of our common heritage," the Israeli leader wrote on the inside front page of the book.

"We are expecting you, we can't wait," Sarah told the pontiff.

 Later Monday, Netanyahu met with Italian Premier Enrico Letta and told him that "Iran aspires to attain an atomic bomb. It would thus threaten not only Israel

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