Lieberman’s speech labeled ‘aggressive’, seems sane to me

Posted: April 1, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israel, Palestinians, Politics, Setting Facts Straight
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Newly appointed Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman – the newly appointed Foreign Minister – delivered his first official speech today, promptly labeled ‘aggressive’ by the press. In short, Lieberman argued that concessions brought no peace to Israeli people, also stating: “Those who want peace should prepare for war and be strong”.

“Those who think that through concessions they will gain respect and peace are wrong,” the new minister said. “It’s the other way around; it will lead to more wars.”

Following Lieberman’s speech, outgoing Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni whispered in his ear: “I became convinced that I was wise not to join the government.”

Lieberman, who will also serve as deputy prime minister, delivered an aggressive speech, noting that “by uttering the word peace 20 times a day we won’t make peace.”

In contrast to some of his previous statements, Lieberman took moderate stance on Egypt during his speech:

“Egypt is an important element in the Arab world and in the world in general,” he said. “I will certainly be happy to visit Egypt, but I’ll also be happy to see Egypt’s leaders visit here, including the Egyptian foreign minister. I respect others and I want them to respect us; I’m in favor of the principle of reciprocity.”

It also seems that the easy life is over at Foreign Ministry:

The new foreign minister also adopted a tough tone towards ministry officials, telling them that workdays start at 7:30 am and that the daily evening meeting will be held at 10 pm.

While most – absolute most, in fact – foreign and local press label Lieberman with terms likening him to some of the worst characters in world’s history, Lieberman is far from being a fanatic. In relation to security issues, Lieberman has Rightist views – not far Right, though. For example, while calling for fighting Hamas using all possible options, you would not hear ‘Death to Arabs!’ from him. Lieberman also supports negotiations with the Palestinians, although he prefers a different take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Facts back Lieberman’s views. According to statistics, Palestinian attacks rose sharply since 1993 Oslo Accords, signed by PA chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli PM Izhak Rabin. In 2000, Barak ‘revealed’ true face of Arafat by offering unprecedented concessions, which Arafat rejected outright. While some commentators claim Arafat was not offered as much as Israeli side claims – which might be true – Palestinian press watchdog, the Palestinian Media Watch has published a report reflecting Arafat’s use of media prior to Camp David accords to incite against Israel in preparation for the upcoming intifada, thus rejecting Barak’s offers before 2000 peace negotiations.

Lieberman represents views of many Israelis, disillusioned with Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, which brought nothing but violence. Hopefully, this Foreign Minister will take tougher stance on Israel’s propaganda efforts, taking the matter seriously.

  1. Difference? That Israel doesn’t call for mass-murder and genocide. Israel is not performing mass-murder and genocide (Hamas doesn’t perform one also, but for a reason of physical inability). Also, judging by your blog, I wouldn’t expect any objectivity from you, so I wouldn’t expect any other comment.

  2. Likewise, I think what Hamas states is sane! What’s the difference 😉


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