October 5th, 2014
12:58 AM ET

Netanyahu: In Middle East, you need at least three to tango

Fareed speaks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the prospects for peace and security in the Middle East. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS," this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

You’re a student of history. You know that a lot of people look at you and say this man could be the guy, like Richard Nixon, who made the opening to China, because he has the political cover that allows him to do that. Bibi Netanyahu is not going to be accused of being soft. Do you think there is that road for you?

You should come to Israel.

But do you think that there is that role for you?

I hope so. But in order to make it work, you need in the Middle East…I was going to say two to tango. In the Middle East, you probably need at least three.

But I think the United States is indispensable in brokering any type of a final peace deal. But I'm adding a different, a new component, because what I see is so startling and so different, you can see that in Gaza. You know, there were more demonstrations against Israel vis-a-vis Gaza in Paris than there were in the Arab world. That's going to be telling you something.

And I think because many people in the Arab world, it's not that they, you know, we care about every single civilian casualty and we were forced to strike at the rocketeers that embedded themselves – these Hamas people, in hospitals, schools, mosques, firing rockets and using Palestinian children as human shields. And it was horrible. And we regret every single civilian that happened there.

But it's instructive, nonetheless, that many in the Arab world understood that Hamas is fighting a war that threatens them, as well. They didn't fall for it. They didn't fall for it. And I think that changed. We have to see how we can explore that to get a cooperation with the leading Arab states not only to advance security, but also to advance peace.

So, you know, this is not merely Nixon going to China. There are a lot of Chinas out there. We have to get a lot of Chinas in sync to get the voyage done, you know. I mean China was one country.


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  1. dancing with thieves?

    Jews are just selfish thieves. nobody can tango with selfish thieves. even the Germans did not want to tango with selfish thieves. The Germans decided to exterminate them. period. And the Germans are regarded as some of the smartest and most capable people on Planet Earth. So go figure that one out, Bibi dear. Oh we did not want to kill civilians, but we just had to, because they forced us to. Nice. so smooth, Bibi. Snake oil salesmen. Liar. Cheat. Forget about Tango. You Jews are just good at Tangling. Period.

    October 5, 2014 at 3:38 am |
    • avisitingnative

      I am ashamed to live on a planet were you are allowed to talk.

      October 5, 2014 at 8:28 am |
    • marc baker

      Zakaria asks the stupidist question I have ever heard. PM Netanyahu, "Will you accept Iran having 5,000 centrifuges?" Zakaria is just fishing for talking points so he can say even Israel's Netanyahu will negotiate with Iran. The premise is Iran should be allowed to have centrifuges the question is just how many. Zakaria is giving Obama caover as is his usual strategy. He says some countries with civilian mukes have cetrifuges so why not Iran. Zakaria obviously does not care about the long term safety of his own children because Iran threatens all of our childrens future security. Zakarai should point out that while Israel was singled out for civillian collateral deaths in Gaza Obama has exempted himself from responsibility for civillian deaths in our bombing of ISIS. But that would mean criticizing his hero Obama. Hero worship is a wonderful thing.

      October 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm |
    • David

      Your rants are like Dr Goebbels-Lite.

      October 6, 2014 at 11:56 am |
  2. Harry Puddington

    Jews and Ebola are mutually inclusive.

    October 5, 2014 at 4:11 am |
  3. rupert

    jews rule!!!!
    They run the world bank too. Hahahehe

    October 5, 2014 at 5:58 am |
  4. Cristobal

    When is ISIS going into Israel? Anyone ?

    October 5, 2014 at 7:50 am |
  5. chri§§y

    Wouldnt be at all surprised if ISIS hadnt originally come FROM Israel.

    October 5, 2014 at 11:07 am |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

      Not possible, @ chrissy. I've worked with many Jewish persons, amd believe me, backstage, they're not good enough at putting on makeup to play an Arab army.
      If you meant Palestinians from the Holy Land, aren't they all walled-up in ghettoesque areas?

      October 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
      • Ferhat Balkan

        Jews are a diverse people. Just like Muslims are. You have Ethiopian Jews, Orthodox Jews, European Jews, American Jews etc etc. "Jews" does not equal "Israel". Israel on the other hand, is a right-wing fascist regime that seeks to oppress and subjugate people in order to occupy more land that doesn't belong to them. Israel has slaughtered thousands of innocent people and has lied to the world for far too long. It is time to end financial aid to Israel. Too many people have died in order to satisfy the egotistical self-centered government in Israel.

        October 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm |
  6. chri§§y

    Aww @ Joey you know that isnt true! There are some very bright jewish people in this world! Those are the ones that become bankers and lawyers and then get the he!! outta Israel! And its not fair to blame all jewish people for the actions of one! Netanyahusanidiot is NOT one of them though! (the brightest i mean)

    October 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    And its not as farfetched an idea as people would like to believe. Just like we dont hear our own government admitting theyve had a hand in the creation of ISIS when its already known that we supplied them with funding and weapons in the beginning of the Syrian conflict!

    October 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm |
  8. George Jaeger

    Not one question about settlements Fareed?

    October 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm |
  9. David

    Fareed, for once I give you credit for a balanced interview – Netanyahu is an articulate, political giant and it was clear you were in awe of him. Good! This is as it should be. But I am disturbed by the hate-filled rhetoric on the GPS blogs. I am assuming that the offensive comments are just the products of an underclass of underachieving losers venting their impotent fury on your blogs, but please be aware, Fareed, that the public actually listens to your broadcasts. Keep the tone of your interviews civil, as we saw last Sunday: you have power over the simple minds who spread their anti-Semitic hate on your blogss – don't give these idiots any encouragement from your tone! Again,. well done – a good interview.

    October 6, 2014 at 11:53 am |
  10. maqbool Qurashi

    When people are oppressed they will make a deal with the devil to ease their pain. Sunnis of Iraq after having fought against the ISIS's predecessor, al Quada, made their deal with ISIS because of the oppression that Maliki unleashed. Netanyahu placed Hamas in the same category as ISIS. Hamas exists because Israel has been conducting a systematic oppression of the residents of its occupied territories. Hamas is doing what oppressed people who have been denied the necessities of life. With no alternative in sight they fight back. Netanyahu's policies are more like that of ISIS (minus the beheading). He is pursuing to restore his Judea and Samaria as the ISIS is pursuing to establish their version of Islamic State. In the process both Israel and ISIS are destroying human lives and property.

    October 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm |
  11. chri§§y

    Amen @ maqbool. And im sure if Netanyahusanidiot didnt want to keep the US dollars comming in, he would advocate beheading also!

    October 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm |
  12. j. von hettlingen

    Netanyahu says, it takes "two to tango. In the Middle East, you probably need at least three". Can't he elaborate on that? It's important to know who his "partners" are, so that we can work on them as well!

    October 7, 2014 at 6:20 am |
  13. chri§§y

    Now j von you know hes not gonna do that! He might lose those big bucks we've been sending to fund their military!

    October 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm |
  14. Cyrus

    Fareed sat in front of a war criminal and, with the utmost deference typical of Western journalists when they interview Israeli officials, let him get away with murder. Literally!

    Funny that Fareed could ask Rouhani about the "Happy" video, but chose not to challenge an Israeli PM who had the audacity to talk about violation of the UN resolutions! I don't know which one is more outrageous: this or this thug's mixing of Iran with IS?

    October 7, 2014 at 9:33 pm |

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