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Great reading, as always. I would just like to add some information that may be useful for readers:
- Courting Jews as an electoral bloc may or may not be a successful strategy for a US politician, but many evangelical Christians have a reading of apocalyptical scripture in which the second coming of Christ first requires all Jews to be gathered in Jerusalem where presumably they will either convert or be destroyed. The conservative religious right is of course an important electoral consideration for Republican candidates, and one can safely assume George W. Bush's policies towards Israel are influenced more by this group than by (traditionally more Democratic) Jews.
- A recent report on hate crimes in France in 2002 showed violence against Jewish persons or property increased six-fold to 193 incidents and now represents 60% of hate crimes there. Compare this with the 2001 House Design:What you are describing is basically traditional Japanese architecture...