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Suddenly all the press is saying Lieberman has changed his tune

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Haaretz, Ynet, Newsweek and PressTV and more would like us to believe Lieberman has changed his spots.

PressTV is just knowingly repeating the media digest we should all swallow.

Perhaps Lieberman has been read the riot act. When I thought how certain Israelis might convey the riot act I imagined he had his dog poisoned to death … Sorry to throw that in, but it does reflect reality …

Or the Israelis simply have to adjust to his tenure in government, and the media has to adjust the population accordingly.

We know where his soul is, whatever he is saying.

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Lieberman going soft on Iran?

With his sights set firmly on landing the foreign affairs portfolio in the future government, Yisrael Beitenu Chairman, Avigdor Lieberman, embarks on a mission to soften his hardliner image in the foreign press. ‘A military operation against Iran? I don’t even want to imagine the consequences’

Yitzhak Benhorin

Published: 02.28.09, 18:08 /

WASHINGTON – Yisrael Beitenu Chairman, Avigdor Lieberman, is adamant to take the edge off his hardliner image in the American press, hoping this may help him land the foreign affairs portfolio in the future government. –more–

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By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
Yisrael Beitenu chairman Avigdor Lieberman said in comments published Saturday that he would be ready to vacate his own home for a peace agreement and repeated calls for Israeli Arabs to take loyalty tests.

In an interview published online by the Washington Post, Lieberman said
“We cannot accept that there are people in Israel that even during the war openly supported Hamas.” –more–

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Lieberman changes tune on Palestine

liebSat, 28 Feb 2009 09:27:36 GMT
The Right-wing Israeli politician, Avigdor Lieberman, has made a U-turn about supporting the idea of a ‘viable’ Palestinian state.


In an interview with a New York journal, the chairman of Israel’s Yisrael Beitenu Party claimed that he favored the establishment of a feasible Palestinian state, contradicting his earlier comments. –more–

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This is an older article by 4 days which is the description of Lieberman we all know ….

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Whose Israel Shall It Be?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009; Page A13

The day after the United Nations created the state of Israel, the country’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, found time to work on his memoir, “Trial and Error.” In it, he issued a warning to the Israeli leaders of today: “I am certain that the world will judge the Jewish state by what it will do with the Arabs.” It was Nov. 30, 1947.

Weizmann was an astonishingly accomplished man — chemist, diplomat, statesman — but maybe his most uncanny talent was that of seer. Peering into the future, he glimpsed the ugly turn Israeli politics has recently taken and how it is now acceptable to talk in repulsive ways about the country’s 1.3 million Arabs. “There must not be one law for the Jew and another for the Arabs,” he wrote.

Weizmann’s admonition may not be known to Avigdor Lieberman, an immigrant from the former Soviet republic of Moldova and now one of Israel’s most important political leaders. Lieberman’s Yisrael Beitenu party placed third in the recent election, meaning he will almost certainly be part of the next government. Lieberman is often called a “nationalist.” Maybe so, but he is also an anti-Arab demagogue.

The Arabs of Lieberman’s antipathy are not Israel’s traditional enemies — either in Gaza, the West Bank or elsewhere in the Middle East. He focuses instead on the Arabs of Israel proper, about 20 percent of the population. They are his fellow citizens, some of them of dubious loyalty, it is true, and most of them with genuine grievances, it is also true. In essence, Lieberman wants to swap them for Jewish settlers now living provocatively in the occupied West Bank. It’s half a good idea.

[…]Weizmann was no dreamer. His century — the 20th — was fast becoming the bloodiest in history. The world was just completing an orgy of genocide, ethnic cleansing and population transfers — Greeks for Turks and Turks for Greeks, Germans for Poles and Poles for Germans, a decades-long brawl culminating in the Holocaust and followed by the expulsion of millions of ethnic Germans from all over Eastern Europe. Pakistan and India were created in a similar manner — a population swap of many millions of people. This was the way things were once done.

Israel, too, engaged some in ethnic cleansing — or why else all those Palestinian refugees? But the attempt was both chaotic and, as we can see, not wholly successful. More important, the concept was anathema to important members of the Zionist establishment such as Weizmann. The way of the world — eliminating ethnic minorities — would not be practiced by the very ethnic minority that had suffered the most.

It is clear that the world has grown weary of Israel. Its problems seem intractable, insoluble. Its solicitous critics suggest it imbibe the hemlock of proportionality — a missile for a missile, a rocket for a rocket. To do otherwise amounts to “state terrorism,” in the felicitous phrase of Bill Moyers. It turns out winning isn’t everything; losing gracefully is.

Lieberman’s rhetoric has excited some concern in the American Jewish community, but, as usual, most of the leaders are mum. They ought to open their Weizmann, Page 461 to be precise, and see what Israel’s founding fathers had in mind. Israel can swap land for peace, but not Arab for Jew. That would leave an empty space — not only where the Arabs once were, but where Israel once kept its values. –more–

Written by morris

March 1, 2009 at 12:15 am

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