Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tricky Bibi.

A new video has been released of the man Obama described recently as "a man of peace". It turns out, when he thinks that the video is switched off, he has views which are utterly contrary to the views of "a man of peace".

Gideon Levy describes what was on it:

Netanyahu exposed the naked truth to his hosts at Ofra: he destroyed the Oslo accords with his own hands and deeds, and he's even proud of it. After years in which we were told that the Palestinians are to blame, the truth has emerged from the horse's mouth.

And how did he do it? He recalled how he conditioned his signing of the 1997 Hebron agreement on American consent that there be no withdrawals from "specified military locations," and insisted he choose those same locations, such as the whole of the Jordan Valley, for example.
"Why is that important? Because from that moment on I stopped the Oslo Accords," he boasts. The real Netanyahu also brags about his knowledge of America: "I know what America is. America is something that can be moved easily." For the White House's information.

He calls then-U.S. President Bill Clinton "extremely pro-Palestinian," and says the Palestinians want to throw us into the sea.
With such retrograde beliefs, no one can convincingly argue that he wants an agreement.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Netanyahu opposed the Oslo Accords as, at the time, he marched in front of a coffin bearing the legend, "Rabin is murdering Zionism". Which is why I was so gobsmacked at Obama's wish to portray this guy as "a man of peace". I'd love to know what Obama bases that on. There is certainly nothing which Netanyahu has ever done which could be said to advance the cause of peace.

Levy goes on to say that this video should be “Banned for viewing by children so as not to corrupt them, and distributed around the country and the world so that everyone will know who leads the government of Israel.”

Netanyahu also states that the only way to deal with the Palestinians is to “beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable."

And this:
“They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords],” Netanyahu said. “I said I would, but … I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I’m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.”
Can we please stop this pretence that Netanyahu has any intention of seriously negotiating a peace deal?

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