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An important story that is not being covered in the American press: Haaretz covers the delegitimization story, Israel’s mounting isolation in the world community. This is called honest reporting (and truly distinguishes Israel). Aluf Benn:

In a speech at a conference not long ago, an Israeli diplomat serving in a European capital touted Israel’s hoary PR line, distinguishing between "the only democracy in the Middle East" and its autocratic Arab neighbors. "We share common values," the Israeli told the Europeans.

To his surprise, a member of the audience stood up and replied to him: "What common values? We have nothing in common with you."

Elsewhere in Haaretz:

Berlusconi told a welcoming ceremony at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office that his dream is to see Israel become a member of the European Union.

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