Good luck with that.
Evelyn Gordon notes that Bibi and Main Rival Agree on Peace Process.
Gordon notes an article in Haaretz indicating Diplomatic cables show Labor chief has adopted Netanyahu's rhetoric on peace process, indicating that Yacimovich said in a meeting with French officials in July:
- She thinks the Palestinians should negotiate without preconditions – just like Netanyahu.
- She thinks they must recognize Israel as a Jewish state – again like Netanyahu.
- She thinks Israel should retain the major settlement blocs, and shouldn’t withdraw to the 1967 lines – yet again like Netanyahu.
- She doesn’t consider them “a sin and a crime,” -- just like Netanyahu
- She doesn’t think the “peace process” should top Israel’s agenda -- like Netanyahu,
...I'm fighting for - ending the dichotomy between left and right in foreign affairs. There are no longer two blocs...it's all a fixation.If Obama wants to paint Netanyahu as a far right wing hawk, let him go ahead -- he may not find it much easier to pressure Shelly Yachimovich as prime minister of Israel.
Of course, all of this may very well just be rhetoric that Yacimovich would discard if she were to become the next prime minister -- but at the very least, statements such as these indicate that Netanayhu is not the extreme right wing hawk that the media enjoys making him out to be.
That rhetoric may also blunt the pressure that Obama applied unsuccessfully during his first term.
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