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  • Israeli official: Kill Hamas leaders

    11/18/2006 12:48:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 542+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/18/06 | Josef Federman - ap
    JERUSALEM - Israel's deputy prime minister on Saturday said Israel should assassinate Hamas' leadership, ignore the moderate Palestinian president and walk away from international peace efforts, the latest in a string of hard-line positions voiced by the newest member of the Cabinet. The comments by Avigdor Lieberman came as the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, continued talks on forming a unity government. President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah hopes the coalition deal will enable him to revive peace efforts with Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert brought Lieberman into the government last month to shore up a shaky coalition government...
  • ‘Significant Escalation’: Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

    02/18/2014 5:18:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | February 18, 2014 – 05:33 PM | Ralf Neukirch
    German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. […] Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman—with whom (German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter) Steinmeier already had a tepid relationship—read out a laundry list of complaints to his colleague from Berlin. It even included lesser issues, like research and scientific cooperation, an area in which Israel claims Germany is imposing unacceptable conditions. Lieberman said Berlin often hides behind European Union positions rather than presenting its own views....
  • Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Acquitted

    11/06/2013 12:04:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/6/2013, 8:53 AM | Gil Ronen
    A three-judge panel unanimously acquitted former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman of the charges against him Wednesday morning. The verdict means he can return to serve as foreign minister, but the state is expected to appeal it. “Seventeen years are over; it’s behind me,” Lieberman told reporters after the verdict. “I want to thank my family and friends who truly stood by me in all of those 17 years and gave me the support. I want to thank the defense team that did an amazing job; extraordinary.” “I do not intend to deal with this issue anymore,” he added. “This chapter...
  • Turkish FM Satisfied with Israel's Apology

    03/23/2013 4:54:15 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/3/13 | Elad Benari
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu expressed satisfaction on Friday with Israel’s apology for the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. Davutoglu, who just recently hinted there was a “secret deal” between Israel and Syria, said that all of Turkey's fundamental demands had been met with the apology. Earlier, Netanyahu spoke on the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and apologized for the deaths of nine Turks during Israel’s 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. Channel 10 News reported on Friday the details of the agreement between Israel and Turkey. Netanyahu, in addition to the apology, has agreed to compensate the...
  • Netanyahu ally: Peace with Palestinians impossible

    02/09/2013 4:42:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 9, 2013 1:37 PM EST
    A powerful partner of Israel’s prime minister has called peace with the Palestinians “impossible,” saying the conflict between them and Israel can only be “managed.” Saturday’s comments from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman follow a White House announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel by President Barack Obama, expected to focus on a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. …
  • Lieberman: Journalists are Liars

    12/20/2012 12:23:51 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/12/12 | Gil Ronen
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Thursday launched a fierce attack against journalists in general, and Channel 10 and Yediot Aharonot in particular, according to a report in media news website Ice. Speaking at a conference in Tel Aviv, Lieberman said that some journalists in Israel serve an agenda, and are "liars without limits." Channel 10, said Lieberman, is trying to influence the outcome of the investigation against him. "Channel 10 blackmails and places unreasonable pressure on all of the decision makers in my case," he explained. "Anyone who tries to be objective is simply threatened by them." He also singled out...
  • Hard-Line Israeli Foreign Minister Resigns [Avigdor Lieberman]

    12/16/2012 2:27:42 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | Friday, December 14, 2012 | Jodi Rudoren
    Born in Moldova, Mr. Lieberman enjoys wide support among Israel's one million immigrants from the former Soviet Union. He lives in a West Bank settlement considered illegal under international law, and he is perhaps the government's harshest critic of President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, having called for his ouster and denounced as "diplomatic terrorism" his recent bid for upgraded Palestinian status at the United Nations. Polls have consistently shown that Mr. Lieberman's joint ticket with Mr. Netanyahu, known here as Likud Beiteinu, is expected to receive up to 40 of the 120 seats in Israel's next Parliament, by...
  • Israel's Lieberman looking to avoid fraud charges

    01/17/2012 7:17:01 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-17-2012 | Ori Lewis
    (Reuters) - Lawyers for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman faced a hearing on Tuesday where they argued against his being indicted on graft charges that would force his resignation and could trigger early Israeli elections. Justice officials announced last April that Lieberman, an outspoken rightwinger who heads the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) coalition party, faced possible charges of fraud, money laundering and witness tampering. Prosecutors suspect Lieberman of using shell companies and third-party accounts to receive more than $1.2 million illicitly while in public office, including from foreign businessmen with interests in Israel.
  • Lieberman: Stop Pouncing on the Settlers

    12/19/2011 2:53:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/12/11 | Gil Ronen
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Yisrael Beitenu faction, said Monday that the attacks against Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron, or Yesha) are wrong and hypocritical. "There is no justification, and no excuse can be accepted with regard to hurting IDF soldiers," he said, in reference to the incident a week ago in which Yesha youths allegedly vandalized an IDF base. "Between that and shooting protesters – and it doesn't matter if they are Jewish or not – there is a great difference." "In the media frenzy regarding the outposts, too, the media is not...
  • Lieberman: Russia elections were fair and democratic

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman met with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday, and said that he believes the recent elections in Russia were fair and democratic, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported. According to the report, Lieberman said that he shares the view of the Israeli observers who oversaw the election in Russia, who said they were fair and democratic. The elections, which were recently described by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as neither free nor fair, resulted with Putin's United Russia party winning less than 50 percent of Sunday's vote – a steep fall from...
  • Poll: Israeli Youth Identifies with the Right

    08/30/2011 12:03:26 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/8/11 | Elad Benari
    A new poll whose results were released on Monday has found that most youth in Israel tend to identify with the right side of the political map. According to the results reported on Channel 10 News, 17% of high school students believe that Israel’s next Prime Minister should be outspoken rightist Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu). Lieberman is followed by well-known leftist journalist and television personality, Yair Lapid (who has not officially announced he is running for politics but who has openly expressed his desire to rebuild his late father’s, Tommy Lapid’s militantly secular and anti-hareidi Shinui party), who got 13%....
  • Barak vs. Lieberman on Concession to Turkey

    07/22/2011 2:59:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/7/11 | Gavriel Queenann
    While the government has thus far refused to apologize to Turkey over a clash aboard a Gaza-bound boat in 2010, senior cabinet ministers are divided on the matter. Foremost among them are Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak; the former staunchly opposes an apology, while the latter supports it. “This is not a legal matter, but rather a political issue, and is not a question of defending IDF soldiers but of neglecting them, of irresponsibility on the diplomatic level,” Lieberman said Thursday. “If there is an apology, that means admitting defeat on the battlefield and the political...
  • Israel Warns It Might Act on Iranian Warships Passing Through Suez Canal

    02/16/2011 10:14:07 AM PST · by jhpigott · 109 replies
    Israel is monitoring two Iranian warships about to pass through the Suez Canal for Syria and warn they might act. Israeli's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says that "Israel cannot ignore these provocations," according to "Unfortunately, the international community is not ready to deal with Iran's repeated provocations," Lieberman said, according to the Jerusalem Post. Lieberman added that the warships was "a provocation that proves Iran's nerve and self-esteem is growing from day to day." Iran announced plans to deploy warships near Israel and dock at a Syrian port for a year, reports. A senior Israeli official tells the...
  • Lieberman: How Will The World Stop Iran If It Can't Stop North Korea

    11/23/2010 8:14:52 AM PST · by Strategy · 31 replies
    Haaretz ^ | November 23, 2010
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman slammed the world's response to North Korea firing on their southern neighbor on Tuesday, asking how the world will be able to stop Iran if they can't stop North Korea. North Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells at a South Korean island on Tuesday, in one of the heaviest bombardments on the South since the Korean War ended in 1953. South Korea responded by firing 80 rounds of shells back at the North.
  • Behind the Axis: The North Korean Connection

    05/27/2010 6:27:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 290+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/22/2010 | Jonathan Spyder
    North Korean spokesmen reacted furiously last week to claims by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that Pyongyang is supplying weapons technology to Iran and Syria. Representatives of the regime of Kim Jong-Il described Lieberman as an “imbecile.” The official Korean Central News Agency in a memorable phrase accused the foreign minister in an official statement of “faking up sheer lies.” The indignant denials notwithstanding, recent studies indicate that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as North Korea is officially known, is indeed playing a crucial but little remarked upon role in facilitating the arming of the Iran-led regional axis, including in...
  • Israel slams Russia's Hamas stance

    05/12/2010 8:57:53 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies · 217+ views ^ | May 12, 2010
    The Foreign Ministry issued an uncharacteristically sharp response on Wednesday to a Russian and Turkish call to include Hamas in the diplomatic process, drawing parallels between Hamas and Chechen terrorists and saying it was wrong to distinguish between “good” and “bad” terrorists. The statement, released at the directive of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently in Tokyo, said Hamas was a terrorist organization that set as its goal the destruction of Israel. “Hamas people are responsible for the murder of hundreds of innocent civilians, including those who came from the former Soviet Union, and also Russian citizens,” the statement...
  • Lieberman: 'Land for Peace' is Dead

    02/08/2010 9:20:35 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies · 526+ views
    INN ^ | 2/8/10 | Hillel Fendel
    ( Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, head of the Israel Our Home party, says, "It's time to forget our obsession of "territory in exchange for peace; all future agreements must be based on 'peace in exchange for peace.'" Speaking at a party faction meeting on Monday, Lieberman said, "Peace is in fact our heart's desire, but it is not more important than Israel's existence as the state of the Jewish people or than lasting security for its citizens. We extend our hand in peace to enemies, but as long as they choose the path of war, we must be firm, return...
  • 'Celikkol tells MK he will travel to Turkey and may not return' (Israel slaps down Turkey)

    01/12/2010 12:43:25 PM PST · by dervish · 15 replies · 930+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/12/10 | Herb Keinon
    Oguz Celikkol, Turkey's ambassador to Israel, reportedly told Arab MK Taleb a-Sanaa (UAL) Tuesday evening he will be traveling to Ankara for consultations in reaction to what the Turks termed the shameful treatment he was given by Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon during a meeting the two held on Monday evening, and that he may not return to Israel. Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon. Photo: AP [file] SLIDESHOW: Israel & Region | World The Jerusalem Post could not confirm the report. Earlier Tuesday, the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv issued a warning saying that "if Israel did not issue a...
  • Lieberman: Balkans the Next Target of Worldwide Jihad

    01/05/2010 2:15:08 PM PST · by kronos77 · 29 replies · 1,140+ views
    At a meeting Tuesday with Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned that the worldwide jihad had set its sites on the area of the Balkans as its next target. Quoting Israeli intelligence sources, Lieberman said that Islamic fundamentalists were planning to take advantage of the tension between Muslim and Christian populations in the region. Fundamentalists were being funded by Iran and radical elements in Saudi Arabia, and had recruited Bosnians and Albanians for terror training camps. The new terrorists would be sent home to stir up trouble, in the hopes that an Islamic revolution could be...
  • (Time Mag's) Joe Klein Caught Making Things Up

    12/18/2009 12:10:15 PM PST · by pissant · 20 replies · 920+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/17/09 | Michael Goldfarb
    And of course, stories that Joe Klein makes up get recycled in Palestinian propaganda. Ben Smith reports: U.S. and Israeli officials are dismissing an eyebrow-raising claim from a prominent Palestinian activist and official, Mustafa Barghouti, in today's International Herald Tribune. "The Israeli foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, stands up and walks out on the U.S. envoy, George Mitchell, every time the American envoy mentions East Jerusalem," Barghouti wrote in an op-ed deploring "U.S. and European inaction" in the face of Israeli intransigence. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren, through a spokesman, dismissed the claim as "nonsense." "I have never heard such a thing,"...
  • Russians deal Lieberman 'slap' by endorsing Goldstone report

    10/19/2009 1:04:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies · 384+ views ^ | October 19, 2009 | Barak Ravid
    Israel relayed a sharply worded protest to the Russian government following Russia's vote in favor of adopting the Goldstone report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva Friday, according to senior Foreign Ministry officials in Jerusalem. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suffered a personal blow by the Russian vote, which went against the promises he received from his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, days prior to the vote at the United Nations body. Russian officials clarified that Moscow would oppose any discussion of the Goldstone report by the UN Security Council, Israel Radio reported on Sunday night. Russia's envoy to Israel met...
  • Lieberman calls for 'overthrow of the mad regime of Teheran'

    09/26/2009 10:43:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies · 672+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 26, 2009
    The revelation of a second uranium enrichment facility in Iran proves that Iran is seeking to build a nuclear bomb, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted as saying Saturday. Lieberman urged immediate action, saying, "Without wasting time, we must work towards the overthrow of the mad regime of Teheran." Lieberman's comments came a day after evidence of a second clandestine uranium enrichment facility was presented Friday by US President Barack Obama and the leaders of Britain and France at the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh. At a news conference in New York, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country had...
  • Largest ever group of US Republican lawmakers in Israel

    08/03/2009 7:00:32 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 5 replies · 442+ views
    AFP ^ | August 3, 2009
    A delegation of 25 US congressmen began a six-day trip to Israel on Monday in the largest ever Republican mission to visit the Jewish state, the US embassy said. They held talks with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who told them Israel was willing to immediately resume direct talks with Syria, but ruled out returning the Golan Heights which were captured in 1967 and annexed in 1981. "Whatever the case, the Golan must remain under Israeli control in any agreement with Syria," Lieberman said in a statement. Syria insists that it be given back the strategic plateau. Turkey last year brokered...
  • Re: Assigned — Not Sidelined?

    07/31/2009 9:15:47 AM PDT · by Jbny · 1 replies · 599+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 31st, 2009 | David Hazony
    J.E. Dyer makes an excellent point about Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s very real efforts to develop ties with countries outside the immediate American sphere. It should be pointed out that Israel enjoys deep and extensive relations with governments around the globe — from Latin America to Africa to southern Asia — mostly but not exclusively of a military nature. According to recent reports, Israel surpasses the U.K. as the fourth-largest military exporter in the world (after the U.S., Russia, and France).
  • Sarkozy to Netanyahu: Fire Your Foreign Minister

    06/30/2009 11:53:21 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 30 | P. David Hornik
    The Israeli press was abuzz on Tuesday after a Monday night TV report stating that, in their meeting in Paris last week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy had told Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to “get rid of” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Although the French leader’s faux pas stunned Israel, it wasn’t his first aimed at leaders of democracies. Sarkozy has unleashed a mass of insults towards Western leaders that are way outside normal diplomatic protocol, while at the same time showing high regard and cutting sweet deals with some of the Middle East’s cruelest dictators. In this latest contretemps,...
  • Lieberman unruffled by Abbas comments

    07/13/2009 2:44:30 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Jul 13, 2009 | GIL HOFFMAN AND JPOST.COM STAFF
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman disregarded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's provocative statements on how he would have constructed the Israeli government, were he prime minister, as an attempt by an illegitimate leader to gain ground by extreme declarations. "Abu Mazen [Abbas] isn't exactly legitimate, hence neither is his new demand, or suggestion, to replace Lieberman with Tzipi Livni. I see such advice as a blessing. His demand to cease settlement construction is nothing more than an expression of his distress and incompetence," he told Israel Radio on Monday, noting that the lower Abu Mazen's legitimacy drops, the harsher his demands...
  • Lieberman: We Are Always Loved When We Make Concessions

    07/02/2009 10:29:55 PM PDT · by sofaman · 10 replies · 485+ views
    Israel National News ^ | July 3, '09 | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday belittled the global focus on the growth of Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria, and said there would be no more unilateral concessions to the Palestinian Authority. "It is not a coincidence that since [the] Oslo [Accords] we have not reached the end of the conflict," Lieberman said, addressing a gathering of Druze supporters in the Arab city of Shfaram. The meeting was held at the home of Hamad Amar, a Knesset Member representing Lieberman's Israel Beiteinu party. In the last Knesset elections, the mixed Druze, Christian and Muslim Shfaram gave Israel Beiteinu 14.4%...
  • Sarkozy urges Netanyahu: Get rid of Lieberman

    06/29/2009 11:21:30 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 963+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 29/06/2009 | Barak Ravid
    French President Nicolas Sarkozy has urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "get rid" of hard-line Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Channel Two reported on Monday. The Foreign Ministry responded to the report by lambasting the French leader for his "intolerable intervention in internal Israeli affairs." Sarkozy spent a good portion of his meeting with Netanyahu last Wednesday discussing the composition of the Israeli official, according to the report. The presence of three other Israeli officials at the meeting did not deter the French leader from expressing his true opinion of the foreign minister, said Channel Two. The French president reportedly told...
  • Clinton vs. Lieberman in Bare Knuckles Fight over Yesha

    06/18/2009 1:46:53 AM PDT · by Tzvi · 6 replies · 777+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 18, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The relationship of “good friends agree to disagree” took a tough test Wednesday afternoon as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman standing at her side, told reporters, "We want to see a stop to the settlements.” The Foreign Minister, who lives in the community of Nokdim in the eastern part of Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, did not flinch and retorted, “We think that as in any place, babies are born, people get married, some pass away and we cannot accept this vision about an absolutely complete freezing of settlements."
  • Israel's Lieberman tells Clinton no to settlement freeze

    06/17/2009 2:30:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies · 650+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | June 17, 2009
    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday reiterated the Jewish state's refusal to freeze settlements, after his first talks with US counterpart Hillary Clinton exposed gaps on Middle East peace. Lieberman, standing next to Secretary of State Clinton after the pair had more than one hour of talks, told reporters that Israel did not have "any intention to change the demographic balance" of the West Bank. "This approach is very clear and also we had some understandings with the previous administration (of George W. Bush) and we try to keep this direction," he said.
  • Israel's Foreign Minister Meets with the US Counterpart

    06/17/2009 4:23:34 AM PDT · by Avi Kane · 9 replies · 630+ views
    Israel National News ^ | June 17, 2009 | Avraham Zuroff
    Foreign Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman will conduct a series of political talks in Washington with senior government officials, including discussions with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday. The talks come three days after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that he would support a demilitarized Palestinian Authority state. Netanyahu’s speech was well-received by the American administration. Lieberman, who landed in the U.S. capital on Monday, will continue his political campaign that he started in Europe. In Luxemburg, he met with European Union ministers, who labeled Netanyahu's speech on Sunday as “insufficient.” The EU has said it is freezing plans...
  • Israeli Foreign Minister: 'Israel is NOT planning to bomb Iran'

    06/03/2009 6:10:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 563+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 6/3/2009 | Rick Moran
    You can parse that statement to read several different things but bottom line, I don't think that much has really changed. The statement by Avigdor Lieberman, Israeli Foreign Minister, is given some context by Haaretz: ------------------------------------------------------------- "Israel is not planning to bomb Iran," Lieberman told reporters in Moscow. The foreign minister is currently in Moscow for talks with Russian leaders. The new Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has placed the Iranian nuclear program at the top of his agenda. Netanyahu views the prospect of Iran attaining a nuclear military capability as an existential threat to Israel, thus...
  • ADL Head Slams Loyalty Oath For Arab Israelis

    05/27/2009 7:56:52 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies · 457+ views ^ | May 27, 2009 | Joshua Mitnick
    Tel Aviv — A major American Jewish leader has slammed as discriminatory and undemocratic two bills from the party of Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that are stoking Arab-Jewish tensions. A panel of government ministers is scheduled on Sunday to vote on introducing a bill to institute a loyalty oath as a precondition for citizenship, a proposal that helped Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party to an unprecedented third place finish in recent elections. The second bill is slated for a full cabinet vote and would outlaw public expressions of grief over the Palestinian displacement in 1948 — known as Nakba, or catastrophe...
  • One Roadmap, Two Opinions: Livni vs. Lieberman

    05/26/2009 12:43:21 PM PDT · by Tzvi · 3 replies · 411+ views
    Israel National News ^ | May 26. 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) and his predecessor, Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni, looked at the American Roadmap Tuesday and found two different directions.
  • Israel Faces a Hard Sell in Bid to Shift Policy

    05/03/2009 8:41:30 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 3 replies · 324+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 3, 2009 | Ethan Bronner
    JERUSALEM — The new government of Israel is seeking to reorient the country’s foreign policy, arguing that to rely purely on the formulas of trading land for peace and promising a Palestinian state fails to grasp what it views as the deeper issues: Muslim rejection of a Jewish state and the rising hegemonic appetite of Iran. Advisers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are drafting policy suggestions aimed at forming a framework that he plans to present to President Obama at their first summit meeting, in Washington on May 18. In addition, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman left Sunday for Europe on...
  • The World According To Lieberman (Jerusalem Post Exclusive Interview With Foreign Minister Alert)

    04/27/2009 9:28:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 581+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/28/2009 | David Horovitz
    He's only been in the job for a month, but already the foreign minister is fed up with the 'slogans' he keeps hearing from his international counterparts: occupation, settlements, land-for-peace, two-state solutions... His favored key words? Security (for Israel). A stronger economy (for the Palestinians). And stability (for all). Bringing peace to our region is more complex than sloganeering would allow, he tells The Jerusalem Post in this interview, his first with an Israeli newspaper. And it's time we all faced up to the inconvenient reality. Last Thursday, just a few hours after The Jerusalem Post completed this interview with...
  • Lieberman is no racist (Israeli Arabs are the racists)

    04/26/2009 11:07:49 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 543+ views
    haaretz ^ | Apr, 26, 2009
    Lieberman is no racist By Yehuda Ben-Meir Last update - 11:01 26/04/2009 I did not vote for Avigdor Lieberman and never will. I do not agree with some of his political positions and do not accept his framing of certain issues. But I am appalled by the left's delegitimizing of Lieberman and anyone connected with him. I do not believe that Israel's Arab citizens must be required to declare their loyalty to the Jewish state. What must be demanded of them and of all Israeli citizens, whether Jewish, Druze or other, is unflinching loyalty to the State of Israel and...
  • Avigdor Lieberman: Russia-Israel relations must rise to strategic partnership level

    04/12/2009 12:27:12 PM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 10 replies · 704+ views
    Interfax ^ | 12/04/09
    Relations between Russia and Israel must and can rise to a level of strategic partnership, said Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the Israel is Our Home party and a future member of Israel's new coalition government in an interview with Interfax. "I've been saying all along that relations between Israel and Russia must rise to a level of strategic partnership. This is even more relevant today, then previously," Lieberman said. The Israel is Our Home party won the third largest number of votes in the parliamentary elections and it is involved in the talks on the formation of Israel's new...
  • Finally, Harsh Realism from Israel

    04/05/2009 11:54:21 PM PDT · by Seeing More Clearly Now · 24 replies · 1,339+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | April 5, 2009 | Jeff Jacoby
    IF AVIGDOR LIEBERMAN'S first speech as Israel's new foreign minister did nothing else, it certainly vexed the media. The AP 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 NY Times pronounced Lieberman's remarks "blunt and belligerent," describing the foreign minister as a "hawkish nationalist" ..."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...
  • Give Netanyahu a chance-As supporter of the peace movement, give new PM some breathing space

    04/05/2009 7:21:02 AM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies · 319+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-5-09 | MENACHEM Z. ROSENSAFT
    Even before Binyamin Netanyahu's new government was sworn in, skeptics and pundits alike warned that he would both isolate Israel internationally and refuse to engage in good faith negotiations with either the Palestinians or the country's other neighbors. The "real aim of Israel's recently elected government is against peace" and the composition of Netanyahu's cabinet is a "clear, unsurprising message to us," Syrian President Bashar Assad declared at an Arab League summit in Qatar. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset, Tuesday evening. Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski Along the same lines, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters that "the Palestinians...
  • New Israeli Government Foreign Policy Team: It's Not All Lieberman

    04/05/2009 12:12:53 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 3 replies · 311+ views
    Yidwithlid ^ | 4/5/09 | Barry Rubin
    In the Israeli political game, there are some things too important to play with. Has new Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu safeguarded Israel’s security and foreign relations while meeting party and coalition needs, and what is the likely result of this new government’s policies internationally? Netanyahu had to put together a complex web of parties and personalities to get a Knesset majority. The result is a cabinet with more ministers than Jerusalem has rabbis. Yet equally impressive is that of the 30 ministers, almost half of them will deal with some element of national security or foreign policy. Is this a...
  • Finally, harsh realism from Israel

    04/05/2009 3:40:32 AM PDT · by MartinaMisc · 21 replies · 1,329+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 4/5/09 | Jeff Jacoby
    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:...
  • Ending Israel's conditional legitimacy

    04/03/2009 5:24:29 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies · 634+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-3-09 | CAROLINE GLICK
    In the chanceries of Europe, the die has apparently been cast. The time has come to launch an all-out diplomatic war against Israel. That is, the time has come to begin to unravel EU acceptance of Israel's right to exist. Last Friday, in anticipation of the swearing in of the new Netanyahu government, EU foreign ministers met in Prague and discussed how they would stick it to the Jews. According to media reports, the assembled ministers and diplomats decided that they will freeze the process of upgrading EU relations with Israel until Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explicitly commits his government...
  • Avigdor Lieberman’s Brilliant Entrée on the World Stage (Daniel Pipes Analyzes Speech Alert)

    04/02/2009 1:04:54 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 38 replies · 1,531+ views ^ | 4/02/2009 | Daniel Pipes
    Avigdor Lieberman became foreign minister of Israel yesterday. He celebrated his inauguration with a maiden speech that news reports indicate left his listeners grimacing, squirming, and aghast. The BBC, for example, informs us that his words prompted “his predecessor Tzipi Livni to interrupt and diplomats to shift uncomfortably.” Too bad for them – the speech leaves me elated. Here are some of the topics Lieberman covered in his 1,100-word stem-winder: The world order: The Westphalia order of states is dead, replaced by a modern system that includes states, semi-states, and irrational international players (e.g., Al-Qaeda, perhaps Iran). World priorities: These...
  • What New Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Said (Complete Statement Alert)

    04/01/2009 5:12:00 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 449+ views
    Israel Ministry Of Foreign Affairs ^ | 4/01/2009 | Avigdor Lieberman
    We will honor all the agreements and all the undertakings of previous governments and act exactly according to the Road Map. Good afternoon, honorable outgoing Foreign Minister, honorable outgoing Deputy Foreign Minister, incoming Deputy Foreign Minister, Director-General Ministry employees, honored guests, When my fellow students and I studied international relations, and learned what an international system is, we learned that there is a State and there are international organizations and all kinds of global economic corporations. Things have changed since then and, unfortunately, in the modern system, there are countries that are semi-states. It is hard to call a country...
  • New Israel FM strikes hard line on peace talks (Note The MSM Bias Alert)

    04/01/2009 8:36:22 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 478+ views
    AFP ^ | 4/01/2009 | AFP
    Israel is not bound by the 2007 relaunch of US-backed peace talks with the Palestinians, new Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday, striking a hard line on his first day in office. Lieberman's rejection of the agreement signed in Annapolis, Maryland signalled a hawkish new approach to the peace process that could put Israel at odds with the international community and main ally the United States.
  • Far right joins Israel coalition

    03/15/2009 6:47:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies · 1,317+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 16, 2009 | unattributed
    Israel's Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has signed a coalition deal with the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, officials say. Under the agreement, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman would become foreign minister, said officials from Mr Netanyahu's Likud party. He is a strong supporter of the Israeli settler movement and opposes exchanging land for peace with the Palestinians. Likud still needs support from other parties to form majority in parliament. Yisrael Beiteinu would get five other cabinet posts, including internal security, infrastructure, tourism, and the integration of new immigrants. Mr Netanyahu has also been seeking the support of the centrist Kadima...
  • Nationalist Rising Fast In Israeli Politics

    03/13/2009 4:04:26 AM PDT · by Fennie · 18 replies · 1,000+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 12, 2009 | By STEVEN GUTKIN Associated Press Writer
    JERUSALEM - An Israeli politician who based his election campaign on baiting the country's Arab minority, drawing accusations that he is racist demagogue, now seems likely to become the Jewish state's top diplomat. U.S., European and moderate Arab officials have maintained public silence on the issue of Avigdor Lieberman's ascent, but privately acknowledge serious concern. An emerging coalition deal expected to be wrapped up in the coming days would anoint Lieberman foreign minister at a time when Israel's international image is suffering from its bloody war in Gaza and last month's election of a hawkish government likely to be at...
  • 'Lieberman as FM may help Russian ties'

    03/07/2009 12:55:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 292+ views ^ | March 6, 2009 | HERB KEINON
    If Israel Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman becomes foreign minister, ties with Western Europe may suffer, diplomatic sources said Thursday, adding that Lieberman may place a greater emphasis in the Foreign Ministry on states of the former Soviet Union. The sources said that while Lieberman had been stigmatized in the West as a fascist, his image in Russia was far less problematic. Given his background - he was born in Moldavia - he was likely to place more prominence on ties with the Eastern European countries, especially if he was blackballed in the West because of his views. The sources said...
  • Lieberman supports Palestinian state

    02/26/2009 10:47:37 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 13 replies · 638+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Feb 27, 2009 | Staff
    Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman advocates the establishment of a Palestinian state, he wrote in an article published in the New York Jewish Week. Lieberman wrote on Wednesday that while he wants "the state of Israel to remain a Zionist, Jewish and democratic state," he supported the "creation of a viable Palestinian state." Lieberman said he was trying to shake off labels such as "far-right" and "ultra-nationalist" thrown in his direction. The party leader said he welcomed the "contribution of minorities to Israel's flourishing" and did not expect Israeli-Arabs "to share in the Zionist dream," but asked them to accept...