Oh, Come Now

London, March 19, 2015— In honor of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s effort to retreat from his declared opposition to a Palestinian state, we offer today’s essential Hebrew lesson:

Frier–( pronounced fry-ehr) (Slang) Definition: Sucker. Frequent use: Do I look like a frier to you? Possibly what President Obama said to Netanyahu on the phone today.

Being duped is something Israelis really, really don’t like. Taking someone else for a frier is another thing altogether. For the moment Obama seems not to want to play the frier role. Here’s NYT story.

Daniel Williams

Published by Daniel Williams

I am a former correspondent who, for more than 30 years, did time in China, Southeast Asia, Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, Europe and Africa and covered wars that went from episodic to non-stop. My book, "Forsaken," about Christian persecution in the Middle East came out January, 2016. NextWarNotes is a news and analysis blog designed to fill gaps, provide background and think about what’s next. The name of the site comes from a 1935 article by Ernest Hemingway in Esquire Magazine called “Notes on the Next War,” in which he predicted the coming conflagration in Europe, told why it would happen and warned Americans to stay out.

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