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Thursday July 15, 2010 7:07 PM (EST+7)
TRANSCRIPT: Video of Netanyahu claiming responsibility for failure of Oslo
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RAMALLAH, July 15 (JMCC) - Israel's Channel 10 recently released a video of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking to a family at the Ofra settlement in 2001.
EnlargeIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting with the foreign press in Jerusalem, Jan. 20, 2010. (AP/Bernat Armangue)


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In the video Netanyahu partly explains how he worked to sabotage the Oslo Accords signed with the Palestinians during his first term as Prime Minister beginning in 1996.

Below, is part of a transcript translated by Richard Silverstein:

    Woman:  The Oslo Accords are a disaster.

    Netanyahu: Yes. You know that and I knew that…The people [nation] has to know…

    What were the Oslo Accords? The Oslo Accords, which the Knesset signed, I was asked, before the elections: “Will you act according to them?” and I answered: “yes, subject to mutuality and limiting the retreats.” “But how do you intend to limit the retreats?” “I’ll give such interpretation to the Accords that will make it possible for me to stop this galloping to the ’67 [armistice] lines. How did we do it?

    Narrator: The Oslo Accords stated at the time that Israel would gradually hand over territories to the Palestinians in three different pulses, unless the territories in question had settlements or military sites. This is where Netanyahu found a loophole.

    Netanyahu: No one said what defined military sites. Defined military sites, I said, were security zones. As far as I’m concerned, the Jordan Valley is a defined military site.

    Woman: Right [laughs]…The Beit She’an Valley.

    Netanyahu: How can you tell. How can you tell? But then the question came up of just who would define what Defined Military Sites were. I received a letter – to my and to Arafat, at the same time – which said that Israel, and only Israel, would be the one to define what those are, the location of those military sites and their size. Now, they did not want to give me that letter, so I did not give the Hebron Agreement. I stopped the government meeting, I said: “I’m not signing.” Only when the letter came, in the course of the meeting, to my and to Arafat, only then did I sign the Hebron Agreement. Or rather, ratify it, it had already been signed. Why does this matter? Because at that moment I actually stopped the Oslo Accord.

    Woman: And despite that, one of our own people, excuse me, who knew it was a swindle, and that we were going to commit suicide with the Oslo Accord, gives them – for example – Hebron…

    Netanyahu: Indeed, Hebron hurts. It hurts. It’s the thing that hurts. One of the famous rabbis, whom I very much respect, a rabbi of Eretz Yisrael, he said to me: “What would your father say?”  I went to my father. Do you know a little about my father’s position?

    …He’s not exactly a lily-white dove, as they say. So my father heard the question and said: “Tell the rabbi that your grandfather, Rabbi Natan Milikowski, was a smart Jew. Tell him it would be better to give two percent than to give a hundred percent. And that’s the choice here. You gave two percent and in that way you stopped the withdrawal. Instead of a hundred percent.” The trick is not to be there and be broken. The trick is to be there and pay a minimal price.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a meeting with the foreign press in Jerusalem, Jan. 20, 2010. (AP/Bernat Armangue)



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