Middle East 23 July 2010 Netanyahu’s view of the Palestinians (and Americans) (Disturbing) quote of the week. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Earlier this week, Andrew Sullivan blogged on the "just-released and secretly taped private meeting" held by the then (and current) Israeli premier, Binyamin Netanyahu, who is heard on the tape explaining his approach to the the Palestinians: . . . beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it's unbearable. He also adds, about his American allies: I know what America is. America is a thing you can move very easily, move it in the right direction. Hmm. For more details, check out Sullivan's Daily Dish blog. › Do the Lib Dems still have a voice, or have they been smothered? Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!