Israeli leaders are praising former Cuban President Fidel Castro for supporting Israel in a series of interviews
President Shimon Peres' office says Peres sent Castro a personal letter
Saturday thanking him for his remarks. And Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu sent reporters text messages drawing attention to a
series of interviews published in the Atlantic magazine early this
The Israeli praise is highly unusual, as Castro has
traditionally supported the Palestinians and has been highly critical
of the Jewish state in the past.
In the interview, Castro chided
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust, in
which some six million Jews were killed by the Nazi's during World War
In another interview Castro said Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state.
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