“US Vice President Joe Biden did lay a wreath at Herzl’s grave, initiating the new policy that was in effect until 1994, but then lapsed when many visiting leaders preferred to pay their respects at the nearby grave of slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin instead. Nevertheless, World Zionist Organization treasurer Haggai Merom issued a statement saying Lula da Silva’s action was “an insult to Israel’s citizens and to Zionist communities around the world, including to the Jewish community in Brazil.””

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