Because the edited video reports that I’ve seen leave out much that is important, I am posting this video of Netanyahu’s remarks at today’s press conference with President Obama:
In particular, one report I saw carefully edited out the part about Israel being only 9 miles wide at one point, in its pre-1967 boundaries. That, of course, made it indefensible, and I think people understand this much better if they actually hear that it was only 9 miles wide. Was the editorial choice an accident?
Also important was Netanyahu’s refusal to deal with Hamas in any way, as well as his pointing out the fact that there were roughly equal numbers of Jewish refugees in 1948, but that, while a small state of Israel has accommodated the jewish refugees, none of the Arab countries has agreed to accommodate the “Palestinians.”
The only thing of significance in Netanyahu’s remarks that I didn’t like was his statement that Israel is willing to make substantial compromises for peace. I don’t see why Israel should be giving up anything. What does Israel have to gain except that her enemies cease in their attempts to destroy her?