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Report from Tel Aviv: The curious tale of Israel and its new far-right allies

Friends in low places

By Daniella Peled   March 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu is greeted by Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Rex/Shutterstock

When Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini—who has called for all Roma to be put on a register and for restrictions on shops owned by ethnic minorities—visited Israel last year, his trip included a one-to-one meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu and a tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Israeli left-wing activists greeted the visit with a doctored image showing Salvini’s face inside a washing machine. Their point was brutal: Yad Vashem was how Israel laundered unseemly reputations.

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