MJ Rosenberg: Israel’s 11th Commandment and How It Makes Peace Near Impossible

Today’s Israeli press quotes Prime Minister Netanyahu as telling 27 EU ambassadors that he was willing to “make concessions to the Palestinians” but did not want to be a “sucker” if the Palestinians pocket his “concession” and give nothing in return.

Netanyahu was speaking to the ambassadors in English. If he was using Hebrew, he would say that he didn’t want to be a “freier” which is Hebrew (really Yiddish) for sucker. Ha’aretz says that “thou shalt not be a freier” is Israel’s 11th commandment. Above all, an Israeli does not want to be taken advantage of which is why he often will take advantage of the other guy first. (The Palestinians have almost always been freiers in their dealings with the Israelis).

via MJ Rosenberg: Israel’s 11th Commandment and How It Makes Peace Near Impossible.

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