In an effort to improve his standing among Jews, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tried yesterday to make out with a member of the ultra-Orthodox sect Neturei Karta.
Ahmadinejad has been in the dumps among pro-Semites since giving a speech at the UN earlier this week condemned by Barack Obama as anti-Semitic (see below for the full text).
On Wednesday, though, Ahmadinejad met with a group of Neturei Karta rabbis who presented him with a $700 silver trophy and told him they loved him.
Neturei Karta, a radical ultra-Orthodox group that believes the Jews should not have their own state in the Holy Land until after the messiah comes, spent Tuesday protesting the protests against Ahmadinejad.
According to Ynet, Neturei Karta Rabbi Yisroel David Weiss, who was at the meeting, said that “the encounter was ‘very successful’ and was conducted in a warm and friendly environment.”
He did not reveal details about Ahmadinejad’s advance on a member of his sect.