remember 1998?

JERUSALEM, Jan. 29— Neither Benjamin Netanyahu nor Yasir Arafat would admit it, but the scandal that broke in Washington last week in the midst of their separate meetings with President Clinton was a boon for the Israeli Prime Minister and a setback for the Palestinian leader.

If the leaders concealed their sentiments behind diplomatic words, some hard-liners made no secret of theirs. Focusing on the fact that the woman in the latest scandal, Monica S. Lewinsky, is Jewish, Muslim fundamentalists like Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, painted her as an agent of “world Zionism,” while some nationalist rabbis were said to have depicted her as a biblical Esther, who garnered favor with the ruler to save her people.

New York Times

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