In Hillary's Dreams

Yoni Brenner mocks idealistic diplomacy by imagining other Wikileaks cables:

DATE: 2010-10-21

SOURCE: Embassy Tel Aviv


1. (S/NF) Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak visited post to review new State Department-sponsored peace initiative. After carefully reviewing the one-page, six-hundred-word document, Barak removed his reading glasses and whispered, “By God, you’ve done it. You’ve actually done it.” He continued in a quavering voice, “And who could have guessed it was so simple!”

2. Within two hours, Barak was joined by Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, who both reacted with the same combination of relief and euphoria, and Abbas estimated chances of success at somewhere between “one hundred per cent and one million per cent.”