Italy’s president advocated Israel’s membership in the European Union. “I have already proposed that Israel should serve as a member of the European Union,” Silvio Berlusconi, who currently holds the rotating E.U. presidency, said in a speech Tuesday night in New York, where he received the Anti- Defamation League’s Distinguished Statesman Award. The ADL has come under fire for honoring Berlusconi, who recently called Italy’s former dictator Benito Mussolini “benign,” raising the ire of Italian Jews.
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