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.”
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.
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.