Leftist leader wants US to 'rape' Israel

Friday, December 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

The chief editor of Israel's extreme left-wing daily newspaper Ha'aretz recently called on the Bush Administration to "rape" Israel by forcing it to accept Arab "peace" demands, columnist and international Jewish figure Isi Leibler revealed this week.

At a private dinner at the residence of the US ambassador to Israel on September 10, Ha'aretz Editor-in-Chief David Landau told US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that it has long been his "wet dream" to personally convey his views on the unresolved Israeli-Arab conflict to someone in her position.

Leibler wrote that during a portion of the evening in which the invited Israeli academics and media leaders were invited to express their positions, Landau announced that Israel is a "failed state" and that its government "wants to be raped" by the US.

Landau reportedly urged Rice to forcibly compel Israel to accept a regional peace settlement that would presumably favor the Arabs, as he called for no similar pressure to be put on the Arab side, which remains uncompromising in its demands.

The New York Jewish Week picked up the story and discussed it with Landau, who said Leibler and others had inaccurately portrayed described the delivery of his remarks. Landau insisted that despite his use of crass language, his views had been expressed with great "sophistication," and had been well received by Rice.

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