Tuesday, March 24, 2015
The White House's Freudian Slip
POSTED BY YITZ OF JERUSALEM:
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough delivered a speech at a "J-Street" conference Monday night. Several websites have quoted him as saying that “an occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end (emphasis mine).”
This was posted on: Politico, Before It's News, ABC News, Freedom's Lighthouse, DEBKA, Western Journalism, and several others.
Interestingly, Iran's IRNA website quotes it both as "more than" and "for almost" 50 years.
Apparently, it was also posted on The NY Times' site, for it later offered this correction:
Correction: March 23, 2015An earlier version of this article misquoted Denis McDonough when he was talking Monday afternoon about whether the United States would back a United Nations Security Council resolution pressing a two-state solution based on Israel’s 1967 borders and mutually agreed exchanges of territory. He said such a solution should be part of any peace agreement, under which, Mr. McDonough said, “an occupation that has lasted almost 50 years must end.” He did not say, “an occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end.”
Actually, a careful listening to the video reveals him saying, “an occupation that has lasted more, for almost 50 years, must end” (at approx. 53-57 seconds into the video).
According to Merriam-Webster, a Freudian slip is a noun meaning, "a mistake in speech that shows what the speaker is truly thinking." The full definition of FREUDIAN SLIP is given there as "a slip of the tongue that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind."
At least two different websites have noticed that if the so-called "occupation" began 50 years ago or more, that would put it before the year 1967, when Israel liberated Yehuda v'Shomron (Judea & Samaria) from Jordan. Meaning, that the White House now views the borders of even pre-1967 Israel as "occupied territory."
However, now that we have seen and heard the video, what apparently has happened is that McDonough, in a Freudian slip, revealed what the White House actually thinks. The fact that he could utter the word "more" (than 50 years) in the context of the "occupation," even if he quickly corrected himself and said, "for almost," shows his (and by virtue of his position, his superior's) real stance on the matter. It is obvious to me that this is the reason so many sites quoted him as saying "more than 50 years," and why The New York Times had to issue its correction.
AS IF this weren't bad enough, he also said that "the US will never stop working for a two-state solution…" I'd like to ask him: even if Abbas quits and Hamas takes over the "palestinian authority"? Even if they continue sending bombs into Israel, running down people at bus stops, and all the rest of their wonderful behavior since the "occupation" of Gaza ended? REALLY, Mr. President? Come back to Planet Earth!!!