The PJ Tatler

Bibi's Reply to a BBC Reporter About Negotiating with Abbas is Pure Gold

The BBC didn’t write much about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s tell-it-like-it-is answer to its reporter’s question about why he doesn’t return to the negotiating table with the Palestinians.

The British network said Netanyahu “angrily questioned” Lyse Doucet, noting that he’s been “calling day in, day out, in every forum… I’ve called on President Abbas to resume unconditional negotiations immediately.”

But the exchange was even better than that.

“Are we living on the same planet?” Netanyahu incredulously snapped at her question, adding that he’s called on Abbas to resume talks at the United Nations, the U.S. Congress, in Jerusalem, in Tel Aviv. “I haven’t done so in Nepal, because I haven’t visited it.”

“I’ve called on President Abbas to resume unconditional negotiations immediately. Right now, as we speak, we can meet. I have no problem with that. I think we should stop immediately this wave of incitement against Israel and these attacks…I’m willing to meet him, he’s not willing to meet me,” he continued.

“And you ask me about the resumption of negotiations? Come on, get with the program. These people don’t want negotiations. They’re inciting for violence. Direct your questions to them.”