Bibi Spills the Beans

Liel Leibovitz and Gideon Levy have the rundown on a just-publicized tape of Benjamin Netanyahu from 2001. Addressing an audience at the West Bank settlement of Ofra without realizing that the cameras are running, Netanyahu claims that he has “de facto put an end to the Oslo accords” and boasts of his ability to manipulate U.S. policymakers. Among the tape’s highlights (from Liebovitz’s writeup):

“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 their way.”

On getting the U.S. to concede to Israel the right to define which areas of the West Bank were “closed military zones: “From that moment on, I de facto put an end to the Oslo accords.”

“They asked me before the election if I’d honor [the Oslo accords]. I said I would, but … I’m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the ’67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I’m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.”

Bill Clinton is “radically pro-Palestinian”.

With the exception of the last line about Clinton, all of these statements appear to fit Michael Kinsley’s definition of a gaffe — that is, when a politician unwittingly tells the truth.

27 thoughts on “Bibi Spills the Beans”

  1. Geez, makes ya proud that the Amerikan government every year sends billions of dollars Israel's way.

    Gotta love Booboo Nutnyahoo and the rest of the criminal Israeli government.

    With friends like these who needs enemies?

  2. There remains the small matter of Israeli piracy and murder on the high seas.

    Erdogan has been subtle, emphasizing that Netanyahu is the target.

    The US, being easily managed, has forget the whole incident.

    A good deal of the rest of the world has not.

    And many Israeli officials, and others, might as well put themselves under Israeli "house arrest" since they cannot travel abroad without fear of arrest and prosecution.

    The Dubai assassination probe is also alive and kicking.

    Will Netanyahu order an attack on Iran thinking he can save his skin?

    On verra.

    1. The rest of the world has not forgotten the Mediterranean Sea attacks, but for that to matter the rest of the world needs to show that they matter. Sure, they whine and protest about Israel's behavior, then everything goes on as normal. Same for the Dubai assassination incident. Things will be smoothed over and then, again, business as normal.

      And suppose they do move Netanyahu out, will anything really change? Will AIPAC suddenly become more benevolent?

      I've lost all hope. It's probably time for me to move on and quit reading anything regarding world affairs or politics because it is so depressing.

        1. Is Julian Assange silly for hoping their site will change the attitudes of those prosecuting these silly wars?

  3. Netanyahu is doing first things first., taking care of Israel's interests in his own twisted little way.
    May we ask why the US is not taking care of US interests first?

    1. Well, though, like Leo Strauss, Netayahu is probably a secular atheist deep down, he also, you see, communes with "THE ABSOLUTE".

  4. We’ve got to blast our lawmakers with requests for them to respond to this. They are being played for fools. Interestingly, Israel also admits to control of the US. How is that done in practice? Through AIPAC etc. Netanyahoo has admitted that they are agents of a foreign power. Where has America been moved? To war on Muslims, war in Iraq, war in iran pending – all now admitted to be for Israel.

    We’ve been handed the key to our cells, we’ve got to use it.

    1. Our "lawmakers" are responding to this, by passing any and every law that keeps the money flowing into their pockets and the corporate-military complexe at the helm of the ship of state.
      They are not fools – they are in on the game – we are the ones being played for fools.

    2. "They are being played for fools"

      Not really–they are playing you for fools. And who is to say they are wrong? The whole of the US Finance Capitalism, including the Empire and the predatory Capitalist warfare state, is in fact nothing but a version of Greater Fool Theory.

      In the US it is particularly virulent because the fools from very early on just adored their P. T. Barnums and other asssorted snake oil salesmen.

  5. No matter and it means NOTHING, vast majority of American political class will say "we didn't need to know this" and forget about it as though it never happened. Getting their share of American nightmare is all that matters to them regardless of the grunts blood spilled to get it.

  6. I believe that the economic condition of America is too worn out to allow a recovery to what was before. The free market capitalist control of America just got too efficient for its own good. The corporate capitalists adapted computers to an extent beyond that of scientists trying to split atoms. The computer programs got so good of extracting every dime, the political will got so slick it destroyed all opposition , and the intense self-serving was so relentless that it corrupted all goverment regulation (good or bad). Corporate capitalism is founded on exploitation and the exploitation became too exacting.. Just like a sheep sheared too close, a cow milked too hard, or a mule worked too hard on too little feed, the corporatists got too efficient and destroyed the ability of the country to give any more. Likewise, the Zionist control of our military and government has also sucked out all that can be gotten out of our military. A war with Iran which Israel insists upon will also leave the country more dead than alive. You wanted it – you got it. Will you bastards have the decency to bury what you killed?

  7. America is held captive by AIPAC and ADL. Knesset runs the U.S. Congress and mad man Netanyahu runs the White House.

    Just so you know.

  8. Daniel:

    Why do you refer to Netanyahu as "Bibi"? The affectionate nickname is unprofessional.

    1. Obama is not Chicagoan, but perhaps some Chicago has rubbed off.

      There the question is not whether X or Y can be bought, but whether he or she stays bought, and for how long.

      Blagoyevich, by the way, has a choice description of Obama.

      Netanyahu may have bit off much more than he expected.

      On verra.

      As a postscript–Chicago is one of least corrupt cities in the US because it is mostly in the open.

      You want real corrupt try the Lutheran brotherhood, or the Mormons, or NYC, etc.

  9. Once again Israel plays Uncle Sugar like a violin. It's really quite embarrassing.

  10. One is still waiting for the lighning bolt in regard to Federal prosecutors.

    Friendly advice: don't stand under any trees and drop your golf clubs if you see a storm.

  11. You shouldn't be takink the message out of context.

    Bibi was talking to a group of frightened wimmenz and kindern who are living everyday in the fear that the schwarzers are goink to be uprisink and killing evvybuddy in there beds!

    Meshuggeneh if Bibi's goink to be tellink them that he really wants to live in peace with the baby-killers! He has to rell them what the wants to here. That he's goink to spank the bad boys for even thinkink of being bad boyz. Smiting the Philippines hip and thigh to make a greater Israel where all may live in piece. Except the schwarzers and the anti-seminites..

  12. Thanks, NuttyYahoo, you sonofabitch, for confirming what we’ve always suspected. Tel Aviv pulls the strings, and their American puppets respond.

    By the way, Nutty, Obama, Clinton, and the U.S. Congress are standing by for your latest orders. . . .

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