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May 18, 2021
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Basescu: We’ll give back to the Jews what the communists took

We’ll give back to the Jews what the communists took, Romanian President Traian Basescu says in an interview carried by Tel Aviv-based Israel Hayom daily’s online edition on Friday. ‘Despite the bureaucratic difficulties, we have already returned close to 20 per cent of the property to the people who had the right to receive it, and I can promise here that within a decade, we will reach 100 per cent. Anyone who can prove ownership will receive appropriate compensation.’ In those cases where the return of property is impossible, the owner will be compensated in one of the two possible ways – money or another land, Israel Hayom quotes Basescu as saying. The Romanian leader, who paid a visit to Israel earlier this week, evokes the strengthened relations between Romania and Israel and the Romanians’ tolerance towards the Jews in the interview published just days ahead of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day that will be marked today all over the world.

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