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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Netanyahu tries to be all things to all Israelis

Remember the scene in Fiddler on the Roof, where Tevye is debating whether to let his eldest daughter marry. "On the one hand... on the other hand..." as he can't make up his mind. Meet Tevye Netanyahu.

Netanyahu acknowledges the reality that our conflict with the 'Palestinians' is existential. It's not about land.
"The root of the conflict is not territorial," he said at the meeting, his first with the Foreign Ministry since the elections and his assumption of the foreign ministerial mantle until the fate of Avigdor Liberman is determined in court.
"It started long before 1967. You saw what happened when we left Gaza. We uprooted the last settler, and what did we get in return? Missiles," he said.
Netanyahu's comments came just days after the Arab League officials indicated, after meetings in the US with Vice President Joe Biden and US Secretary of State John Kerry, that they would accept in their Arab Peace Initiative a slight modification to the 1967 lines as part of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord.
"The unwillingness of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people is the root of the conflict," he said. "If we reach an agreement I want to know that the conflict does not continue, that there are no other Palestinian claims afterward."
Netanyahu urged the Foreign Ministry workers to stress that the root of the conflict is Acre, Jaffa, and Ashkelon.  "You need to say that," he said. "There is no need to apologize, you need to tell the truth."
But on the other hand....
Israel needs to reach peace with the Palestinians to prevent becoming a bi-national state, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, stressing – however – that that the core of Israel's conflict with the Palestinians is not territory, but a Palestinian unwillingness to recognize Israel's legitimacy within any boundaries.
Hey Bibi - when someone doesn't accept your legitimacy within any boundaries, there is no 'other hand.' Even Tevye eventually figured that out. 

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At 8:10 PM, Blogger Eliana said...

JPost's Herb Keinon slanted Bibi's article in the way he wanted to do it (for his own reasons) and JPost made it their top story for their own reasons with a worse headline for it than they ended up with later and a bad photo of Bibi.

Bibi didn't actually say what Herb Keinon claimed in his paragraph that did NOT contain quote marks around Bibi's words - at least not in the way that Keinon made it sound. Bibi did NOT say or imply that a peace deal is absolutely necessary to prevent Israel from becoming a bi-national state.

Arutz Sheva covered the same meeting without a huge negative article about it (which says a lot). Their coverage included an attractive picture of Bibi (unlike JPost's article) and relatively positive coverage of his remarks.

I wish some of these journalists would stop trying to create their own realities by putting their own meanings in other people's words and mouths.


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