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VaticanHolocaust survivors from Yugoslavia petitioned the EU to investigate Nazi money-laundering through the Bank of the Vatican. The Vatican has denied any wrongdoing.

The quarrel ignores a more important issue. During WWII, the Vatican indeed appropriated relatively little in the way of Jewish assets, but it profited immensely from hundreds of other Jewish holocausts, big and small. Since the early days of Christianity, the Vatican seized the assets of Jews murdered and expelled in pogroms. That is how the Vatican amassed its splendid collection of Jewish religious books, to which it graciously grants Israeli scholars access once in a while.

Now that Iran has rejected all Western proposals on its nuclear program, Obama is preparing a new offer. Incredibly, the White House justifies the attempt thusly: Obama wants to fulfill his promises to keep the dialogue with Iran ongoing. The ayatollahs have violated all their promises and obligations, but the Hussein is concerned about keeping hisówhich no one took seriously in the first place.

Instead of punishing Iran for non-compliance, the EU has prepared a new set of meager sanctions along with a generous offer in exchange for cooperation. The United States, too, increased its uranium swap offer from 2,800 lbs to 4,500 lbsóbecause Iran has worked hard on enrichment since the offer was floated last year.

Iran has so far ignored both the US and EU offers. And why not? When ayatollahs get the bomb, the West will become much more generous.

Yaakov LitzmanYaakov Litzman, an MK from the United Torah Judaism Party, has provided hard evidence of the long-rumored Livni concessions. Trying to form a government, Tzipi offered religious parties much more money than Olmert and Netanyahu, whom she lambasted on that very issue.

Exasperated by Livni’s criticism of government subsidies to yeshiva students, Litzman published a note he received from her negotiator offering subsidies of $300 per family.

Though government charity for able-bodied Jews is wrong, it pales in comparison with the state’s massive subsidies to Arabs.

October 2010
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