Monday, March 9, 2015

Say It Ain't So, We Will Not Go: Netanyahu Goes All CHINATOWN Before the Vote

Late breaking on Monday morning was a story of Benjamin Netanyahu denying he is now dropping the two state solution first suggested in his 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan.  Likud issued statement saying "in the present situation in the Middle East, any vacated territory will be immediately overtaken by radical Islam and terrorist organizations sponsored by Iran.  For this reason, there will be no withdrawals and no concessions, this is simply irrelevant.”
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told Al Jazeera ”When Mr. Netanyahu was given a choice between settlements and peace he has repeatedly chosen settlements.  When given the choice between negotiation and dictation he has chosen dictation ... Netanyahu's policies are a major threat to peace and stability in the region."
However, through the Office of Prime Minister, Netanyahu denied saying this.  It would seem that these conflicting statements are derived from an attempt to have it both ways on the advent of an election which will decide whether Likud remains in power or if Netanyahu hits the bricks.  It reminds me of the frantic sequence in Polanski's CHINATOWN when Faye Dunaway ping-pongs back and forth between saying the mysterious girl is her sister, her daughter, or both.
Here is an English-language over-dubbed version of the 2009 speech, which was seen as some sort of 'watershed' moment (which would be an exaggeration, it's really a half-hour of hectoring and nonsensical double-think.)

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