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Helmut Kohl visits an Israeli president

While visiting Israeli president Moshe Katsav's home in Jerusalem in 2002, former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl was offered a selection of home-grown vegetables by a delegation of Israeli farmers as a symbolic gift marking the Jewish Shavuot holiday. Indicating a red pepper, Katsav jokingly told Kohl that if he had any real political enemies, that particular vegetable would make a nice 'gift'. Unfortunately for Kohl, something was 'lost' in the translation and he promptly took an immense bite out of the pepper. Within seconds, Kohl had turned beet red and was gasping for air and perspiring heavily. Katsav's aides quickly brought him a large glass of water...

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