Noam Sheizaf has an important piece up at +972 showing what Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu really thinks of President Obama. Netanyahu recently met with Likud supporters, and mocked Washington’s demands:
Responding to a question from the audience, Netanyahu said: “I was threatened in Washington: ‘not one brick’ [of settlement construction] … after five years, we built a little more than one brick…”
Asked “about peace talks with the Palestinians,” Netanyahu reportedly replied, “about the – what?” to which the audience responded by breaking out into laughter.
Sheizaf headlines his story “Peace talks? What peace talks?” and says the Netanyahu quotes were posted by a Likud supporter in Hebrew. He supplied this translation:
When I entered the Prime Minister’s Office for my second term, I was summoned to Washington. “Not one brick,” they told me (referring to settlement construction in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem). I was threatened specifically: “Not one brick.” The pressure from the international community and the Americans was enormous. I don’t think anyone in Israel was under such pressure. And still, after five years on the job, we built a little more than “one brick.” But the important thing is to do it in a smart way, in a quiet way, without inflammatory statements.
Sheizaf adds: “Netanyahu then went on to speak about how important U.S. support is, and how well his speeches were received by the U.S. congress.”
The attitude reminds us of that moment when Netanyahu explained that the US is something that can be “easily moved.”