A Whiggish perspective on affairs of state and society
Thursday, July 31, 2014
If you don't speak Middle Eastern...
"Choose your enemies wisely, for you will become like them," goes the old Arabic saying. I winced when Bibi Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations shortly after Iran's then-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, because the tone was almost identical, and much of the content was similar. Now Netanyahu is engaging in a favorite tactic of Palestinian leaders: saying one thing for an international audience, and something else at home.
This was in The Times of Israel of two weeks back:
At his Friday press conference, the prime minister ruled out full Palestinian sovereignty, derided the US approach to Israeli security, and set out his Middle East overview with unprecedented candor. His remarks were not widely reported; they should be