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Italian Communist Party Leader Says Party Rejects Arab ‘madness’

Italian Communist MP Alfredo Reichlin told Knesset Speaker Yisrael Yeshayahu Monday that although his party did not agree with all of Israel’s political positions, it also criticized certain positions adopted within the Arab world.

Reichlin a member of the four man Italian Communist delegation visiting the country as guests of the New Communist Party said Italian Communists “criticized and rejected the madness uttered in their presence by some of their Arab friends that Israel could be thrown in the sea.”

“We never had any doubt about Israel’s right to exist, but at the same time, we do not doubt the fact that the Palestine nation exists. We support a political solution, but we realize very well that a political solution is merely the heading to a chapter which has yet to be written.” he said.

Reichlin is a member of his party’s Polit bureau. Yesterday the Italian delegation published a Joint statement with the local New Communists Central Committee urging Israel to “fully implement” UN Security Council Resolution 242. According to the Communist interpretation, it calls for Israeli withdrawal from all territory gained in the Six-Day War.

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