Veteran negotiator Saeb Erekat has a gift for the gab, a veritable silky-smooth talent for oration. He should have gone into marketing.
Quote: "If you want to call yourself the biblical, united, eternal, holy, milk and honey land of Jewish Israel, submit your name to the UN. Your name is the State of Israel."
ISRAEL - THE BIBLICAL UNITED ETERNAL HOLY MILK AND HONEY JEWISH LAND
That doesn't sound too bad, does it?
To my jaundiced ear it sounds better and friendlier than Konungariket Sverige, República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Konungariket Sverige, Drittes Reich, Konungariket Sverige, Jomhuri-ye Eslami-ye Īrān, Konungariket Sverige, Großdeutsches Reich, Konungariket Sverige, Royal Scottish-Islamic Republic of Uganda, Konungariket Sverige.....
Heck, it even sounds better than Konungariket Sverige.
Oh wait, I already said that. Sorry. I got distracted.
[Remember, focus - focus - focus - konungari - focus - focus - focus... ]
ISRAEL: THE BIBLICAL UNITED ETERNAL HOLY MILK AND HONEY JEWISH LAND
Saeb Erekat answered questions posed by Ha'aretz readers. The results are interesting. As the following quotes make clear:
"I did not wake up one morning as a Palestinian and feel my conscience aching for Israeli or Jewish suffering that I sat with them at the negotiating table, and neither did they. They did not wake up one morning and feel their conscience aching for Palestinian suffering. I don't think we wasted one minute negotiating. I know that Palestinians and Israelis a lot of time don't have eyes that see what has been achieved. We have come a long way in these 18 years."
"Palestinians and Israelis should not despair, we have not wasted one minute in the last 18 years. There have been a lot of changes in the way we look to each other."
"Obama will make not peace for us, it is Palestinians and Israelis that will have to make the decisions."
Anyhow, read the entire thing yourself, and form your own opinions. Just remember that whatever happens, like all politicians he will claim complete credit for anything positive that eventually results, based on some of what he said, while discounting and fudging his own statements that implied something else entirely.
Which, in all fairness, we've seen before from Israelis, Americans, and Europeans.
In addition to the Arabs, of course.
Still, there have been a lot of changes in the way we look at Saeb Erekat in the last 18 years.