Ariel Sharon: 'We control America'
Palestinian Information Centre
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM -
- An acrimonious argument erupted during the Israeli cabinet
weekly session last week between Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon and his foreign Minister Shimon Peres
during which Sharon reportedly yelled at Peres, saying
"Don't worry about American pressure, we control America."
According the Israeli Hebrew radio Kol Yisrael Wednesday,
Peres warned Sharon that refusing to heed incessant
American requests for a cease-fire with the Palestinians
would endanger Israeli interests and turn the US against us.
At this point, a furious Sharon reportedly turned toward Peres, saying
"Every time we do something you tell me America will do this
and will do that . . . I want to tell you something very clear:
Don't worry about American pressure on Israel.
We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it."
The radio said Peres and other cabinet ministers warned Sharon
against saying what he said in public, because
"It would cause us a public relations disaster."