Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu gave a fumbling cable news host a lesson in basic Middle East Politics during a Sunday CNN broadcast.
When “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley attempted a question criticizing the American-educated Israeli leader about his unwillingness to negotiate with the new “unity” government of Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas terrorist organization, Netanyahu stopped her dead in her tracks, according to the CNN video.
“Sorry, Candy, whoa,” he said. “No, Candy, no, no, I’m sorry. I heard that. I hear people write that up, but in fact, it’s the very opposite.”
Netanyahu then proceeded to educate the silly-looking host, saying:
“I said right from the start, I said, look, I could wait until President Abbas recognizes – represents the entire Palestinian people. But in this case, we will wait until eternity, and we won’t have peace. Si chose deliberately, openly, specifically, and explicitly to negotiate with that part of the Palestinian people that said it was willing to make peace with Israel. I said, we’re not going to try to include the other part that seeks our extermination. And that’s what I did. I have been very consistent on this. Now that he’s joined them, I say this. Look, unity for peace is good. Unity with Hamas that seeks to exterminate Israel, the opposite of peace, is bad…I negotiate with those who are willing to make peace with my country, I will not negotiate with those who seek to exterminate peace with my country, whether they sit in the front office or the back office. That’s not where I’m going to go.”
A stuttering Crowley then summed up Netanyahu’s position by suggesting that he was saying a top representative of Hamas would have to renounce violence and recognize Israel for Israel to return to the negotiating table, or Abbas would have to forego a unity government.
Netanyahu called that a fair summation, saying the ball was in Abbas’ court.
Video from Washington Free Beacon
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