Netanyahu gives Obama a copy of the Book of Esther

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    Now that's a parting gift I must say. I wish I had confidence that Obama would read it and understand the meaning of the Book of Esther.

    I fear that sadly he won't. Good for Bibi though.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a pointed gift for Barack Obama after several days in Washington this week: A copy of the Book of Esther, which tells of the genocidal plot against the Jewish people devised by Haman the Agagite.

    It’s a familiar-sounding story: In Persia, an oppressive and vengeful leader seeks the total annihilation of the Jewish people. It sounds like a line from an Israeli speech, but it’s also the story of the Purim holiday that Jews mark this week, beginning Wednesday at sundown.

    This year, however, the holiday has additional meaning for some, providing historical parallels as Israel’s leaders weigh their response to Iran’s nuclear program.

    Netanyahu and others in Israel fear the program masks a weapons drive and argue that a nuclear-armed Iran would create a new Persian threat to the existence of the Jewish people.

    The gift, then, sent a clear message, said Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi: “It helps Obama understand how Jews look at the world.”


    Rest of a very well written article at link:

    Benjamin Netanyahu's Book of Esther gift for Barack Obama a pointed reminder of Iran threat | News | National Post
     
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    Obama threw it in the trash.
     
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    Normally I'd probably have a problem with the President receiving a religious text as a gift from a fellow head of state. But I think this is reasonable.
     
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    Does it declare what color to dye them thar eggz ?
     
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    Why would he?
     
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    And Bush Gave the German prime minister a massage :)

    Boosh!
     
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    Agreed.
     
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    I'm not a fan of Bibi and I think he's being a drama queen, but I am a fan of Purim - so I'm cool with this.

    Purim has always been one of my favorite holidays.
     
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    Why on earth would you have a problem with the President recieving a religious text as a gift from anyone?
     
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    By the way -


    Happy Purim, everyone!

    :cheers2:
     

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