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ISRAELIS PUT SQUEEZE ON TOY 'HEADS' OF STATE

The hottest-selling gifts for Hanukkah this year are sponge-like rubber heads of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Yasser Arafat. The toys, the size of apples, sell for around $11 each.

"What's special about this material is that you squeeze the face and within 25 to 30 seconds it returns to its original form," said Dani Tal, chairman of Tal Toys.

He said Israelis on both the political left and right had fun with the heads. Those who liked the politicians found them cute. Others could vent their frustrations by squeezing hard.

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