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Benjamin Netanyahu Gives Pope Francis Book 'The Origins Of The Inquisition' Written By Father

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VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 02: Pope Francis receives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a private audience at his library on December 2, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. Netanyahu meets with Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican since his ordination. During their first sit down the two are expected to discuss Iran's disputed nuclear program and the Israeli - Palestinian peace negotiations. (Photo by Vatican Pool/Getty Images) | Vatican Pool via Getty Images

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain that was written by his late father.

Netanyahu presented a Spanish translation of the 1995 book, "The Origins of the Inquisition," to Francis during their 25-minute private audience Monday.

Netanyahu's father, Ben-Zion Netanyahu, was an Israeli historian who died last year. A Zionist activist who opposed partitioning Palestine between Arabs and Jews, he was best known in academic circles for his research into the Catholic Church's medieval inquisition against the Jews of Spain.

"To his Holiness Pope Franciscus, a great shepherd of our common heritage," the Israeli leader wrote on the inside front page of the book.

Later Monday, Netanyahu met with Italian Premier Enrico Letta.

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