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 â€œde facto put an end to the Oslo accordsâ€ and boasts of his ability to manipulate U.S. policymakers. Among the tapeâ€™s highlights (from Liebovitzâ€™s writeup):
â€œI know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They wonâ€™t get in their way.â€
On getting the U.S. to concede to Israel the right to define which areas of the West Bank were â€œclosed military zones: â€œFrom that moment on, I de facto put an end to the Oslo accords.â€
â€œThey asked me before the election if Iâ€™d honor [the Oslo accords]. I said I would, but â€¦ Iâ€™m going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the â€™67 borders. How did we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as Iâ€™m concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone. Go argue.â€
Bill Clinton is â€œradically pro-Palestinianâ€.
With the exception of the last line about Clinton, all of these statements appear to fit Michael Kinsleyâ€™s definition of a gaffe â€” that is, when a politician unwittingly tells the truth.