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Avigdor Lieberman’s UN Speech Shows the True Face of Israel

By Alex Kane | September 29, 2010

Yisrael Beiteinu’s strong third-place showing in Israel’s February 2009 elections for the Knesset was met with dread and disgust from many different quarters.  Avigdor Lieberman, the founder and leader of the far-right party and the current Foreign Minister, ran a campaign filled with fascist overtones as he called for “loyalty oaths” to be signed by Palestinian citizens of Israel.

But perhaps we should take a look at Lieberman again in light of his much-condemned United Nations General Assembly speech yesterday and instead feel glad that the true face of Israel is shining to the world because of his position of power.

At the UN, Lieberman called for a “long-term intermediate agreement” instead of a solution dealing with all the final-status issues, dismissed the notion that the occupation and colonization of Palestine is at the core of the conflict and proposed a deal with the Palestinians that would be “about moving borders to better reflect demographic realities.”  Although Lieberman claimed that he was not talking about “moving populations,” it’s apparent that Lieberman’s plan would result in the expulsion of Palestinian citizens of Israel to a Palestinian state, all in the service of making Israel an “ethnically pure” Jewish state.

Reactions from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Jewish leaders were swift, and the media narrative laid out is that Lieberman’s speech revealed “differences” within Israeli politics about the “peace process.”  The New York Times reports today that “sharp differences within the Israeli government over peace negotiations played out in the unusual setting of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.”

Netanyahu’s office distanced the prime minister from the speech and said that Lieberman’s speech was “not coordinated” with Netanyahu and that Netanyahu wants “direct talks” with the Palestinian Authority to go forward.

The reaction from Netanyahu was about promoting the image of Israel as willing to sit down and negotiate for peace with the Palestinians, which Lieberman’s speech did damage to.  But that’s all it was about–Netanyahu and the State of Israel’s policies are completely in line with Lieberman’s plan of ethnically cleansing the non-Jewish citizens of Israel and of continuing to colonize the West Bank.

Under Netanyahu, the Bedouin village of Al Araqib has been destroyed multiple times to make way for a Jewish National Fund “ambassador forest.”  Netanyahu has presided over the continued colonization of the West Bank, despite talk of a “settlement freeze,” and that’s likely to accelerate in the coming weeks.  A recent Israeli Supreme Court ruling has Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah worried about further dispossession at the hands of Jewish settlers, and Silwan in East Jerusalem is still under the threat of home demolitions to make way for Israeli settlements and a theme park.

The list can go on and on.  Actions speak much louder than words, and the State of Israel under Netanyahu has continued routine Israeli policies of land theft, colonization and slow ethnic cleansing.  That’s not much different than the Israel Lieberman showed at the UN yesterday in words.  Maybe that’s a good thing; the true, ugly face of Israeli policy, which the Palestinians know all-too-well, was shown to the world, further confirming that the “peace talks” are useless, and that Netanyahu is playing a public relations game for the international community while the status quo is sustained.

September 29, 2010 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism

3 Comments »

  1. Should that have been done in the US after Jonathan Pollard? Why? The act(s) of basic treason is/are fairly simple to understand. I think the only reason for such an oath is that Lieberman wants a legally obliging allegiance to fascism. It is his mentality that “righteous gentiles” risked offending during the Second World War.

    Comment by Eric Vaughan | September 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. I suspect Lieberman did exactly as agreed with a wink and smile reassure the hardcore traumatized zealots of Zionism that the genocide of Palestinians will not be stopped, or in reality even slowed down.

    Netanyahu needed someone on his right to be able to cast himself as a moderating influence, a reasonably pragmatic statesmen, and it takes the rabid madman Avigdor Lieberman to deceptively give the unschooled observer the misimpression that Netanyahu is anything other than the hardcore Zionist war criminal is has always been.

    The linked excerpt below is for the serious to absorb and see the foundation of 9/11 in it’s genesis therein.

    ‘…… In 1979, Netanyahu organized an anti-terrorism conference in Jerusalem,
    dedicated to his fallen brother. Somehow, he managed to attract the
    likes of George Bush, George Shultz, and Richard Perle (President’s
    Reagan’s chief arms negotiator) to the meeting and was thrust briefly
    onto the world stage. But when the conference ended, it was back to
    work at the furniture factory……’

    http://crashrecovery.org/chamish/netanyahu.html

    Comment by Bill Mitchell | September 30, 2010 | Reply

    • I couldn’t agree more Bill.

      Comment by aletho | September 30, 2010 | Reply


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