Monday, February 23, 2009

Lieberman on Lieberman

Good to see a US senator helping a racist nutjob get international respectability:
Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman met with his American namesake, US Senator Joseph Lieberman, on Sunday in what sources close to him said was an audition for the role he wants in Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu's government: foreign minister
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The senator requested the meeting, because he wanted to better understand the Israel Beiteinu leader's views. He advised his namesake to go to the US to explain his views.
Just a refresher: (JN gives background here as well)

Under the party slogan "No loyalty, no citizenship", Mr Lieberman also wants a law demanding Israeli-Arabs pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish state and committing them to some form of national service.

And his blunt invective and the blatant disregard for political correctness have further raised concern internationally and on the Israeli left.

For example, he has said that Israeli-Arab MPs who met Hamas should be executed like Nazi collaborators after the Nuremburg trials.

And according to the Jerusalem Post he said in January 2009 that Israel should "continue to fight Hamas just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II" - widely interpreted as a reference to the dropping of nuclear bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima…

Mr Lieberman is a champion of the Israeli settlers and takes a tough line on unilateral withdrawals from Jewish settlements arguing that Israel gets nothing in return, particularly security guarantees.

He pulled out of [an earlier] government in January 2008, however, refusing to back its peace talks with the Palestinians on core issues under the US-backed Annapolis process.

Joe Lieberman: Always finding new ways to be an asshole.


  1. lieberman squared.... the liebening. thats pretty horrific, israeli lieberman actually makes american lieberman seem like an OK guy when they're standing right next to each other. maybe that's just because im more familiar with our liebermans crappiness though.

  2. On the plus side, the American Lieberman has been making some pretty strong, positive statements about DC voting rights: "During this morning's debate, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) called D.C. citizens "the only residents of a democratically ruled national capital in the world who have no say" in how their nation is governed. "It's time to right this injustice," he told the chamber which was largely empty except for a group of D.C. vote supporters."