Michael Oren was on NPR this morning making some outrageous noises.
He said that Israel’s taking of Palestinian territory in Jerusalem at the time of the 1967 war “just happened”; that it was not something that was “planned”. Really?!
He also spouted a lot of diplo-speech about how Israel wanted peace and had no intention of taking Palestinian territory, etc, etc, etc. There was more on the victimhood theme making Hamas so difficult for Israel to accept as a partner in the Palestinian government since they had launched thousands of missiles at Israeli farms and citizens (they did hit a few people). There was nothing to indicate that Israel’s behavior had anything to do with what Hamas had done. Naturally, there was not a word about the thousands of Palestinians Israel has killed, nor the thousands of acres of land it has simply taken over. It was all just the usual Israeli conservative line with all the usual excuses for sabotaging talks while grabbing all the possible territory.
If you missed it, you can listen to the interview with Steve Inskeep here.
July 28, 2011 : I’m trying something new. Rather than start at the beginning of this blog back in 2003-4, I’m going to work backwards from the most recent posts that I can find.