The U.S. is easy—or so says Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister was recorded in 2001, apparently without his knowledge, claiming that the U.S. was “easy” to manipulate and that Israel should launch a broad attack against the Palestinian Authority that would be “so painful that the price will be too heavy to be borne.”
Netanyahu was not prime minister at the time of his comments, which were made in 2001 during the second intifada. —JCL
A recently-revealed tape has shown Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, discussing ways to undermine the Oslo Accords and calling the United States “easy” to manipulate.
The video was filmed in 2001, apparently without Netanyahu’s knowledge, during a meeting with Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank. It aired on Friday night on Israel’s Channel 10, and several translations have been posted online.
At one point on the tape, Netanyahu threatens a “broad attack” against the Palestinian Authority.