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Sunday, June 14, 2009



I was riding in the car today, listening successively to news on PBS and then BBC. PBS reported Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech today as offering to begin negotiations with the Palestinians with "no preconditions." BBC's report centered on the actual speech (as opposed to the one in the alternative universe that PBS heard), in which the entire speech was about preconditions, specifically the conditions insisted upon by Netanyahu - recognition of the "Jewish nature" of the Israeli state, and a completely disarmed Palestinian state (and of course no freeze on settlements).

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