“When I entered the Prime Minister’s Office for my second term, I was summoned to Washington. ‘Not one brick,’ they told me (referring to settlement construction in Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem). I was threatened specifically: ‘Not one brick.’ The pressure from the international community and the Americans was enormous. I don’t think anyone in Israel was under such pressure. And still, after five years on the job, we built a little more than “one brick.” But the important thing is to do it in a smart way, in a quiet way, without inflammatory statements.
Do you think it’s a problem for me to say, “I am a hero, I am strong, I don’t care about anything, what do I care what the world says?’” I don’t have any problem saying that, but it would be a lie. Whoever tells you that doesn’t deserve to be prime minister; he is a populist. This is not a future leader. A leader knows to stand up to international pressure by maneuvering.
Imagine yourself standing on a hill overlooking the whole valley. You get to see all the obstacles below from above – some from the right and some from the left – and then when you walk down, you know exactly where to go in order to avoid the obstacles. What matters is that we continue to head straight toward our goal, even if one time we walk right and another time walk left,” – Bibi Netanyahu, in a private speech to young Likud supporters, on his goal of permanent occupation and ethnic social engineering of the West Bank.
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