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“Speaking after a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Pelser was emphatic that “the [Israeli] 1948 claim is a just one, and I think that reasonable people should recognize that.”

Beyond that, he said, “I think the challenge for me is to distinguish which of the criticisms [of Israel] are motivated by fear and a hatred of Jewish people — some are, but not all are — and which criticisms would improve the lot of Jews and non-Jews, and those in the neighborhood.'”

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