Israeli PM: US Easy to Manipulate

Netanyahu talks about undermining Oslo accords in old video

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff | Suggested by WhatTha.

Posted Jul 19, 2010 11:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – A tape has surfaced in which Benjamin Netanyahu, current prime minister of Israel, brags about how easy the US is to manipulate. In the video, which was shot in 2001, the then-out-of-office Netanyahu speaks bluntly with a group of West Bank settlers about how he had undermined the Palestinian peace process, Al Jazeera reports. “I know what America is,” he said. “America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in the way.”

He described how he’d undermined the 1993 Oslo accords. He promised Bill Clinton he’d honor the agreement, but didn't intend to. “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,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.” The video aired on Israeli TV on Friday, and has caused an uproar, the Washington Post reports, with one commentator saying it should be "banned for viewing by children so as not to corrupt them."

Netanyahu is seen in a screenshot from the video.
Netanyahu is seen in a screenshot from the video.   (YouTube)
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