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Netanyahu gift recounts Persian plot to kill Jews

Monday - 3/5/2012, 6:11pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - Israel's prime minister likes to draw on history to dramatize the threats the Jewish people have faced throughout the ages.

So the coincidence that he was discussing the Iranian nuclear threat with U.S. leaders on the eve of a holiday celebrating the Jewish people's rescue from annihilation in ancient Persia was not lost on Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli leader told reporters on Monday that he presented President Barack Obama with the Book of Esther, the story of the Jewish queen of Persia who foiled a plot to destroy the empire's Jews in the 5th century B.C.

The Jewish people's salvation is marked on the Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins Tuesday night.

Netanyahu didn't say why he gave Obama the book.

He didn't have to.


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