The Huffington Post's latest move, though, made me wonder. Let's start with the headline in the HP's "World" Section:
As the headline says, this happened in 2001 when Netanyahu was very out of power. And their source for this is none other than Gideon Levy, publishing an editorial in Ha'aretz. Here's a link to the video itself. Unfortunately it's in Hebrew, and though I wouldn't put it past the HP to "nudge" a translation the way they wanted it to go, it's unlikely that Gideon Levy would try the same to his Israeli audiences. Also a little bit weird? No author on the HP's article. I don't know if that's normal but seeing as how the article wasn't directly taken from another source, I thought it was worth mentioning.
Also of note: Israeli newspapers don't consider a ten year old story to be particularly interesting. Neither JPost (not that we'd expect them) Ynet or Ha'aretz is headlining it. And you know Ha'aretz would at the very least. That more than anything else about the story convinces me it really isn't news.
As for the content itself, it's open to interpretation (up to a point). Netanyahu might be telling his audience of terror victims not to worry, that he's an awesome politician and will run rings around the Americans. Gideon Levy seems to think that it's more about Netanyahu the man than Israel the country. And the Washington Post pointed out that:
"Of course, the video is from nearly ten years ago. Opinions change, based on circumstances and experience. But who knows what leaders are really saying when they think the cameras aren't filming?"Do you think the Huffington Post talkbackers felt the same way?