Bibi Netanyahu showed yet again what a numbskull he can be in yesterday’s Ynetnews:
“This idea of two states for two peoples is a stupid and childish solution to a very complex problem,” senior members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu staff said on Wednesday as the entourage made its way back to Israel from Washington.
They were determined to emphasize that Israel would continue to build in the larger settlement blocs and Jerusalem despite US President Barack Obama’s resolute opposition.
Senior aide Ron Dermer later clarified that “when I say ‘childish’ I mean the media’s obsession with the two-state plan, the fixation with that idea rather than focusing on the fundamental issues.
…Another top advisor had no qualms with explicitly deriding the solution itself as “juvenile.”
You’ve just had your first meeting with the president of the United States. He has laid out for you his vision of a two-state solution as the recipe for peace in the region. And no sooner do you hop on a plane to return home, but your senior staff begin snickering behind the president’s back and calling his preferred solution “juvenile” and “childish.”
What’s wrong with this picture? Do they take Obama for a fool? Do they really believe they can get away with such utterly stupid and inane comments?
It is the riposte by Bibi’s staff that in reality is juvenile. But I do hope they keep these insults coming if it makes them feel better. One of these days and it won’t be long–Obama will fix their wagon but good. He’ll present to them the solution to the conflict and they’ll either accept it or risk being toppled as Yitzhak Shamir was when he tried to cross swords with George H.W. Bush.
You’ll notice that Obama and Clinton have begun repeating a mantra that Bibi will hear much more of over the next few months: a call for a complete settlement freeze. This isn’t George Bush’s wink and a nod for public consumption. This is a president who’s as serious as a heart attack and aims to get what he wants. Bibi can call Obama and his ideas names, but it’s going to come back and bite him when he finally realizes he has no choice but to acquiesce. May that day come soon.