WATCH: John Oliver: Israeli PM Should Go on the Road as 'Netanyahoudini'

HBO comedian riffs on Likud leader's perceived flip-flopping on his support for two-state solution (or lack thereof).

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Haaretz
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If Benjamin Netanyahu gets away with what many see as his flip-flopping on his support for the two-state solution (or lack thereof), he "should go on the road as Netanyahoudini," said comedian John Oliver this week on his HBO show, "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."

Comparing the Likud leader who appears set to begin his fourth term as prime minister of Israel to legendary illusionist Harry Houdini, famed for escaping his bonds, Oliver said about Netanyahu: "If he somehow escapes this, he should go on the road as Netanyahoudini: Words cannot hold him."

Oliver also said Netanyahu was like a guy trying too hard to say whatever his date wants to hear.

"He just demonstrated the verbal gymnastics of a guy being too honest on his first date," said Oliver. "'I don't want kids. Wait, hold on, do you want kids? I love kids! And in the right circumstances I could absolutely see myself having them. I never said I don't want kids.'"

Days before the election, Netanyahu said in an interview with the right-aligned NRG website that no Palestinian state would be established if he was reelected prime minister. A few days earlier, Netanyahu said that his speech at Bar Ilan in 2009, during which he announced his readiness to accept a Palestinian state, was no longer relevant due to the security situation in the region.

But after the election he told the media that his remarks ruling out a Palestinian state during his next term as premier don't contradict his previous stated support of the two-state solution. "I didn’t retract any of the things I said in my speech six years ago, calling for a solution in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes a Jewish state," Netanyahu said to Fox News' Megyn Kelly, host of "The Kelly File." "I said that the conditions for that, today, are not achievable for a simple reason: [Mahmoud Abbas], the leader of the Palestinians, rejects consistently the acceptance of a Jewish state."

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