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Netanyahu’s Embarassing Tape

Posted by uscsjp on July 20, 2010

From Democracy Now!:
“Netanyahu in 2001: US “Won’t Get in the Way” of Israeli Expansionism

A newly revealed tape shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once openly discussed his intent to attack the Palestinian government, undermine the Oslo peace accords, and manipulate the United States to ensure its approval. The 2001 recording shows Netanyahu meeting with Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu was then out of government after serving his first stint in office. Apparently unaware he was being recorded, Netanyahu talks openly of a ‘broad attack’ on the Palestinian government, saying, ‘The main thing, first of all, is to hit them. Not just one blow, but blows that are so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.’ Netanyahu also outlines how he would undermine the 1993 Oslo accords, he said, which established the basis for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, by declaring any West Bank land that Israel wants to retain as ‘military’ and ‘security zones.’ Addressing potential US opposition to Israeli expansionism, Netanyahu says, ‘I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won’t get in the way.'”

–Democracy Now!, 19 July, 2010

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/7/19/headlines#6

And from CounterPunch:

Netanyahu: I Deceived the US to Destroy Oslo Accords

By JONATHAN COOK

“There is one video Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, must be praying never gets posted on YouTube with English subtitles. To date, the 10-minute segment has been broadcast only in Hebrew on Israel’s Channel 10.

Its contents, however, threaten to gravely embarrass not only  Netanyahu but also the US administration of Barack Obama…”

–CounterPunch, 19 July, 2010

http://www.counterpunch.org/cook07192010.html

And in other news, See the Electronic Intifada:

Fadlallah and the Western media’s dangerous complicity
Matthew Cassel, The Electronic Intifada, 14 July 2010

“There is a lot to say about Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the Lebanese Shia Muslim cleric who passed away on 4 July 2010 at the age of 75. Unfortunately, much of what there is to say is being left unsaid for more of the same sensationalist reporting on this region and its people.

Fadlallah was a progressive Shia cleric, known for his defense of armed resistance and women’s rights. He was outspoken against Israel’s 22 year occupation of south Lebanon and cheered attacks against it. In 1985 the CIA is thought to have been behind a massive car bomb that attempted to take his life — it missed the Ayatollah killing 80 other Lebanese civilians and injured hundreds more. However, his support for resistance didn’t end with the Israeli invaders; Ayatollah Fadlallah also said that women have the right to use violence to resist domestic abuse…”

–The Electronic Intifada, 14 July, 2010

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11391.shtml

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