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At first I figured the quote was misplaced to Netanyahu's statement: "America is something that can be moved easily." Also from 2001 video tape.

Netanyahu: US easily manipulated | Al Jazeera |

[The video was shot in 2001, apparently without Netanyahu's knowledge - Channel 10]

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:38:59 PM EST
"I know what America is," Netanyahu said. "America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. They won't get in the way."

Israeli PM seen discussing ways to undermine Oslo Accords in 2001 videotape.

The Oslo Accords specified that Israel would be allowed to keep "military zones" in the West Bank in any future agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Netanyahu told the settlers he would use that loophole to retain large portions of Palestinian territory.

"I'm going to interpret the accords in such a way that would allow me to put an end to this galloping forward to the '67 borders," he said.

"How do we do it? Nobody said what defined military zones were. Defined military zones are security zones; as far as I'm concerned, the entire Jordan Valley is a defined military zone."

In the recording, Netanyahu described Bill Clinton - the former US president who helped to negotiate the accords - as "radically pro-Palestinian".

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:42:53 PM EST
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"America is a thing you can move very easily" (a Netanyahu quote) | Mondoweiss |

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 10:04:49 PM EST
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Then I found this about Ariel Sharon ...

Sharon to Peres: "Don't worry about American pressure; we control America" | WRMEA |

Occupied Jerusalem: 3 October, 2001 (IAP News)

An acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet weekly session last week between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his foreign Minister Shimon Peres during which Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying "don't worry about American pressure, we control America."

According to Israel radio (in hebrew) Kol Yisrael, Peres warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians would endanger Israeli interests and "turn the US against us."

At this point, a furious Sharon reportedly turned toward Peres, saying "every time we do something you tell me Americans will do this and will do that. I want to tell you something very clear, don't worry about American pressure on Israel, we, the Jewish people control America, and the Americans know it."

The radio said Peres and other cabinet ministers warned Sharon against saying what he said in public because "it would cause us a public relations disaster."

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:47:37 PM EST
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Sharon slams hate messages | Ynet News - May 5, 2005 |

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon slammed opponents of his Gaza plan for comparing Israel's planned pullout of all 8,500 Jewish settlers from the territory to the atrocities committed to Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.
"Anyone who tries to compare the situation of the Jewish people today to their situation then is making a very grave mistake," he told reporters travelling with him to a Holocaust memorial service at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland.
"Israel is an independent country with a large army and it has the ability to do what it thinks is right," he said.
Jewish settlers in Gaza who oppose Sharon's plan to evacuate all 21 settlements in the area and four of 120 from the West Bank have said the pullout constituted an expulsion of Jews and many have protested against it by pinning small orange stars on their lapels, similar to the yellow stars the Germans forced the Jews to wear during World War II.
Nazi graffiti and slogans of incitement against Sharon were sprayed in Jerusalem on Thursday, including at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum, marking the latest incidents in a growing number of similar desecrations reported in recent months ahead of the upcoming Gaza and West Bank pullout.
Swastikas were spray-painted inside the museum complex, hours before Israeli leaders joined thousands at an annual ceremony to commemorate the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
Various slogans of incitement against the prime minister were also found in various areas in Jerusalem, including his official residence, reading: "Sharon is following Hitler's path" and "Sharon - Hitler would have been proud of you."

In a comment to article, the Ariel Sharon quote is referenced.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 20th, 2023 at 08:52:50 PM EST
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