Following Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments to NBC News’ Brian WIlliams last night, in which the Israeli Prime Minister said “a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do” to protect his country, former former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezisnki said Netanyahu might be man enough to fire rockets, but not man enough to broker a peace deal.
“I think there are some politicians in Israel who are men enough, and women enough, to do that,” Brzezinski said. “I don’t include Prime Minister Netanyahu in that category.”
Brzezisnki argued that a peace deal would largely resolve the current issues in Gaza, but that previous peace efforts had been “scuttled by Mr. Netanyahu. That’s the fact of the matter. How can you have peace if at the same time someone is incorporating the territory that is at issue, is building on it, is indicating that most of the territory will be part of Israel and that the Palestinians can be a second-class minority and essentially a militant Israeli state?”
“Most Israelis don’t support that,” Brzezinski said. “Most Israelis are in favor of peace. The majority of the American-Jewish community is in favor of peace. But the ideologues, hard-liners, the ones that promulgate confrontation are in charge, and that’s what’s so hard and so disgustingly destructive for both Israelis and the Palestinians.”
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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