Liberman starts his first fire

Posted: April 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Right, the US and us | Tags: , , , | 5 Comments »

When I wrote that things will be clearer with a Netanyahu right-wing government, what I meant was exactly this:

New foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday that Israel was changing its policies on the peace process and was not bound by commitments it made at a U.S.-sponsored conference to pursue creation of a Palestinian state.

During an official ceremony at the President’s Residence on Wednesday, Lieberman said: “There is one document that obligates us – and that’s not the Annapolis conference, it has no validity.

Lieberman said later that [his] declaration was not an empty statement, but “an expression of a change in Israel’s policy regarding the peace process.”

Liberman added that Israel will not withdraw from the Golan even as part of a peace agreement with Syria.

Why start a fire on your first day at work? Avigdor Liberman is certainly not a fool. Even if he means what he says, he knows that all this talking will only make life harder for Netanyahu, who is trying to show the world – and above all, the US – that he is someone you can play ball with. And he also knows that talking tough and being tough are two different things. So why make all this noise?

I think the reason is that Liberman might be our foreign minister, but he is not speaking to the world. He is talking only to the Israelis. He will go on embarrassing Netanyahu until the Israeli public will see who the real ideologist of the Right is. It is clear that Liberman doesn’t think that this government will complete its five years term. And when it falls, guess who will be left standing on the ashes.

BTW, Netanyahu has another embarrassment coming: an interview with his 99 years old father, Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu, will be published tomorrow in Maariv. Prof. Netanyahu has some very extreme views on the Arabs, the peace process, the Left, etc. I will post some excerpts from the interview here over the weekend.

UPDATEl: Richard Silverstein about Israel’s defenders on the hill struggling to do some damage control. Worth reading.


5 Comments on “Liberman starts his first fire”

  1. 1 shaul Hanuka said at 9:06 am on April 2nd, 2009:

    Lieberman doesn’t address the Israeli public only to make his ideological views and collect point in the right wing. If there is enough “meat” in the bribe case the police is working on nowadays he will be forced to leave his office as a foreign minister. Starting an ideological fire today might excuse the criminal smoke tomorrow.

  2. 2 noam said at 12:22 am on April 3rd, 2009:

    You are right. When I wrote this post I didn’t know he was going to be interrogatad for 8 hours the day after, but things make sense now. The problem with his behavior is that the more vocal Liberman is now, the more it will make Netanyahu happy when he is gone – so he might not back him up when troubles come.

  3. 3 Shaul Hanuka said at 2:37 am on April 3rd, 2009:

    I don’t know if anyone can help Lieberman in backing him up. It’s not like that time he hit an 8 year old after his kid got kicked up. It’s a bribe case. I also think that when Liberman was backing up Fridman he wanted to make the attorney general decision look biased. he is pulling an “Aryeh Deri ” or a “Clay Davis”…

  4. 4 noam said at 11:38 am on April 3rd, 2009:

    I see you got the next “parasha” planned…

  5. 5 Shaul Hanuka said at 2:12 pm on April 4th, 2009:

    I’ll have to wait with it until the Clay Davis trial but i’m posting there weekly. I’m sure someone will have some trial anytime it will fall…