Skip to comments.Finally, harsh realism from Israel
Posted on 04/05/2009 3:40:32 AM PDT by MartinaMisc
IF AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN'S first speech as Israel's new foreign minister did nothing else, it certainly vexed the media.
The Associated Press called it a "scathing critique of Mideast peace efforts" that had diplomats "cringing," while other reports said Lieberman had "dropped a political bombshell," "sparked an uproar," "repudiated a key accord," and "reinforced fears." The New York Times pronounced Lieberman's remarks "blunt and belligerent," describing the foreign minister as a "hawkish nationalist" who is "not known for diplomacy" and heads an "ultranationalist" party that is "seen by many as racist." Headlines summed up Lieberman's debut as an attack on peacemaking: "Lieberman dashes peace hopes," "Israeli official hits peace efforts," "Lieberman dumps peace deal."
But the headlines were wrong, as anyone can ascertain by reading Lieberman's short address. Far from disparaging peace, Israel's new foreign minister called for pursuing it with the respect and realism it deserves. And far from "dumping" agreements entered into by his predecessors, he explicitly committed himself to upholding the Roadmap - a step-by-step blueprint to a "two-state solution" adopted by Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the international Quartet in 2003.
"I voted against the Roadmap," Lieberman acknowledged, but it was "approved by the Cabinet and by the Security Council" and is therefore "a binding resolution." However, he insisted, it must be implemented "in full." The Roadmap imposes specific obligations that the Palestinians must meet prior to achieving statehood - above all, an unequivocal end to violence, terrorism, and incitement against the Jewish state - and Israel will not agree to waive them in order to negotiate a final settlement.
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
Can we have him? Please?
Realism in the face of existential threats. You wouldn’t think it would be a story.
"If you want peace, prepare for war," Lieberman declared.That basic statement has become an important IQ test for people who live in free societies.
If you understand it, you have at least a bare minimum IQ necessary for survival in the modern age.
If you don't understand it, you're basically dumber than a bag of hammers.
You are insulting hammers.
The thinking of the majority of folks seems to have been turned upside down. Israel has given all it should be expected to give and more in the face of murderous terrorists.
It is time to stop the small talk. If the ‘palestinians’ want peace, then it is up to them to secure it. How is that so difficult for anyone to understand?
The Arabs DO NOT want peace. They want Israel removed and the ‘palestinians’ are simply their pawns.
describing the foreign minister as a “hawkish nationalist”
In plain common sense language a man that desires to see that his country and people are not destroyed by the islamofacists...
“Silly” jounarlists,can’t even speak properly without allowing their agenda to enter the picture.....
Its a shame Lieberman speaks like he does, after all the peacemaking process has been so successful.(sarcasm)
In recent weeks, the Palestinian Authority has warned Arabs that it is "high treason" punishable by death to sell homes or property to Jews in Jerusalem; shut down a Palestinian youth orchestra and arrested its founder because the ensemble played for a group of elderly Holocaust survivors; and celebrated the deadliest terrorist attack in Israel's history with a TV special extolling the massacre. On Thursday, after a Palestinian terrorist used an axe to murder a 13-year-old Jewish boy...
Dumber than a bag of hammers.
And what newspaper that wrote this article is on the verge of going out of business?
Talk about mindless dribble......
The usual ultra-rich and ultra-poor “non confrontational peace” type suspect gather again together to avoid consequences of fornicating with each other knowingly in unhealthy ways, in order to attack those with real wealth or wherewithal.
Please lay off the hammers! They are useful tools....um, come to think of, so are the ‘peace’ activists. You may be on to something.
I could never be a politician or ‘diplomat’. I don’t lie and call a spade a spade. You are correct. The PC talk is irksome. The hot spots in the world have one of two things in common; large populations of muslims and/or socialists.
Israel may end up being the only sane place in the world to live.
Mr. Leiberman is just stating the obvious.
The thinking of the majority of folks seems to have been turned upside down.
This upside down?? “ In the last days, good will be called bad and bad will be called good.”
I think we are there.
The New York Times pronounced Lieberman’s remarks “blunt and belligerent,” describing the foreign minister as a “hawkish nationalist” who is “not known for diplomacy” and heads an “ultranationalist” party that is “seen by many as racist.”
“I voted against the Roadmap,” Lieberman acknowledged, but it was “approved by the Cabinet and by the Security Council” and is therefore “a binding resolution.” However, he insisted, it must be implemented “in full.” The Roadmap imposes specific obligations that the Palestinians must meet prior to achieving statehood - above all, an unequivocal end to violence, terrorism, and incitement against the Jewish state - and Israel will not agree to waive them in order to negotiate a final settlement.
Did you actually read the article?
If so, did you actually understand the article?
To what do you refer when you toss out phrases such as "mindless dribble"?
Do you understand that Jeff Jacoby is perhaps the only "sane", conservative voice at the Boston Globe?
Knee-jerk reactions should be the province of liberals only...
This upside down?? In the last days, good will be called bad and bad will be called good.
I think we are there....”
If we ain’t there, we are getting awfully close.
Absolutely an excellent speech! AND, TRUE, TOO!
Avigdor Lieberman also frightens Gates. Because? Avigdor Lieberman intends to go to Moscow. Where he speaks their language. And, he has 3-million Israeli “settlers” who came from mother russia. They’re not religious. And, they’re very tough! Fool with them, and learn they “fool back” just like the mafia! They’re not brought up on AMerican “sensitivities.”
As to Obama, what’s he got? A teleprompter. And, a mediocre speech writer. He’s not able to slam anything out of the ballpark. (In other words? Where it counts, in football and baseball, there are no handicaps playing ‘black.’ There aren’t for Tiger Woods, either.)
But the trip to europe. You can put it into a basket case. Just because the queen, looking pretty in pink, was polite, doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. Doesn’t mean he went over big. Except with the Italian guy. Who screamed out his name during the G-20 photo-op. And, then headlocked O’barnicle, and the russian puppet’s head. Together. The queen was disgusted. As soon as the famous photo shoot was over, you could see this on UTube. The queen got up. Turned. And, into Berlusconi’s direction, said: “you don’t have to shout.”
I don’t know much about guns, but in that photo of two arab terrorists, I’d swear the guy on the left is holding his gun “upside-down.” And, if he pulled the trigger could blow off his putz.
Not far behind, Obama is learning that “swell talk” doesn’t make you tough-talking. He almost has the “deer in the headlights” look that Mel Brooks captured in Blazing Saddles.
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