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Friday, 20 May 2011

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected comments from US President Barack Obama that 1967 was the most significant year in popular music.

In what was seen by many as a groundbreaking speech in Washington yesterday, Obama disassociated himself from his administration's previous neutral position on the issue and came down heavily on the side of 1967.

"I have thought about this long and hard and have had many sleepless nights in so doing ", the President told the world's press on Thursday, "and I have come to the conclusion that the United States can no longer sit on the fence on such a vital issue.

Accordingly, I say to you today : I now have no doubt that, in terms of the impact it had on the world of popular music, 1967 is categorically the most important year of all.

The Summer of Love, Sergeant Pepper, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Jim Hendrix....need I say more ?"

But Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu took issue with Obama's announcement :

"I fundamentally disagree with the US President's assessment of the situation. To my mind, the influence of 1967 has always been over emphasised.

For me, 1968 was much more crucial - my favourite band of all time, the Seekers, disbanded in that year and that had a crushing effect on my psyche at the time. In fact, that one event probably had most to do with me becoming the bitter man that you see before you today.

Mind you, Cliff Richards' "Congratulations" only finishing second in the Eurovision Song Contest was almost as much of a crushing blow".

But, in a moment of weakness, the Israeli Prime Minister revealed off camera that he did shriek with delight when Mary Hopkin won "Opportunity Knocks".

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