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Op-ed: PM Netanyahu’s conduct in respect to building freeze similar to that of prostitute
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conduct in respect to the settlement construction freeze reminded to many Israelis a famous George Bernard Shaw quote: “We have established what you are, madam. We are now merely haggling over the price.”

 

Earlier this week, when the Israeli price was set at $3 billion (the cost of 20 F-35 fighter jets to be supplied to the Air Force,) it turned out that while Netanyahu may not be a great success story as a prime minister, he is phenomenal as a brothel manager.

 

Indeed, Netanyahu has shown himself to be a real leader who through a determined insistence on his principles disproved the malicious claim that the Jews only like money, making it clear that they also like fighter jets worth plenty of money.

 

Truth is that using the “stealth bomber” card in this game was an almost unfair step by the Americans. After all, we have yet to see the Israeli leader who would be able to resist the “advanced fighter jet” charm. Indeed, waving an F-35 in Netanyahu’s face is similar to tempting a drug addict with a package from Columbia.

 

Peace through the wallet

However, it would be a pity if the Americans stop here and ignore the potential for leveraging this Israeli weakness to secure further diplomatic achievements. Israel insists that the construction freeze not be applied to east Jerusalem? Everything will be worked out with a few F-86s, known as the “sneaky bombers,” a technological wonder that can sneak its way to Iran’s nuclear reactor disguised as kohlrabi.

 

And you think that renouncing the “settlement blocs” is out of the question? Just give us a squadron of spaceships worth $90 billion and we’ll hand over Tel Aviv’s suburbs to the Palestinians as well.

 

It appears that at the end of the day, and after all the commotion, Netanyahu will end up doing the right thing about the freeze for all the wrong reasons. But why complain? After all, this past week we realized that if we fail to achieve peace through our brains, it shall arrive through the wallet.

 

After all, words like “principles,” “land of our forefathers” and “Minister Gilad Erdan” are merely a matter of price. When you realize that Israel’s leadership is not a determined ideologist, but rather, a prostitute with expensive taste in combat diamonds, everything looks much more optimistic. With someone like that we can do business.

 

 

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