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A few square miles, so what? & The new leftist
By Adam Keller
Sept. 4, 2010
`At last we meet! Abu Mazen, you are my partner! ! This is our opportunity, a historic opportunity to reach a historic compromise which will be inscribed in all the history books!
Wait a minute, what are you muttering there? What about the construction freeze in the settlements? Really, at such a historic moment you start hair-splitting and bringing up trivial details? So we will build a few houses, and the settlements will expand a bit, so what? What are several thousand acres between you and me? Well, a few square miles, so what? Stop making a problem of everything! Yes, it`s true; the Jordan Valley must remain under Israeli control, and a few other fortifications and roads at strategic points in the north and the south and the east and the west – so what, we must safeguard the security of Israel, don’t we? Security above all! Well, stop nagging me! Everything will be fine, you will get a few crumbs, that`s what you can have. Enough with the complaints and the moans, let`s make a historic compromise at last! Don’t you hear the wing-beat of history?`
The new leftist
A big headline in the extreme right paper Makor Rishon: `Netanyahu is a Leftist`
Columnist Ariel Kahane is in a hurry to cry out and alert the paper`s readers throughout the settlements`:
`Had anyone not been sure yet where Netanyahu stands, the events of the past two days removed the last doubt. Netanyahu is a Leftist! The wording which Netanyahu used at the Washington summit betrays the ideological shift he has undergone: `West Bank`, `President Abbas`, `you are the partner`, `painful concessions`. This is the terminology of a person who has abandoned his nationalist doctrines`.
Perhaps. But equally, it could be the terminology of a talented chameleon, who mastered the protective coloring necessary for survival in Obama`s Washington.
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