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Netanyahu offers inquiring U.N. interpreter a job in Israel

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November 18, 2013 | 10:59 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov,. 18. Photo by Debbie Hill/Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov,. 18. Photo by Debbie Hill/Reuters

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there will always be a job waiting in Israel for a U.N. interpreter caught wondering aloud at the excessive number of anti-Israel resolutions.

Netanyahu played a video recording of the incident during Sunday’s regular Cabinet meeting and called the unidentified interpreter “brave.”

The interpreter’s remarks came during the Nov. 14 meeting of the U.N. General Assembly’s Fourth Assembly attended by representatives of all 193 United Nations member states. Nine of the 10 resolutions adopted at the meeting condemned Israel.

“I mean I think when you have five statements, not five, but like a total of 10 resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, ‘c’est un peu trop, non?’ ['It’s a bit much, no?'],” the interpreter said in English and French in remarks heard live by the delegates. “I mean I know, yes, yes, but there’s other really bad s*** happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”

Amid titters of laughter from the delegates, the committee secretary says, “I understand there was a problem with the interpretation.”

“Interpreter apologies,” the interpreter responds.

Netanyahu said, “I would like to tell this interpreter that she has a job waiting for her in the State of Israel. There are moments that tear the hypocrisy off the unending attacks against us, and this brave interpreter did so.”

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