by Stephen Lendman
Ultranationalist Arab-hater Avigdor Lieberman represents the worst of Israel’s lunatic fringe.
He once advocated drowning Palestinians in the Dead Sea or executing Israeli Arab citizens who interacted with Hamas.
He earlier demanded Israeli Arabs declare loyalty to a “Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state,” its emblems and values, along with performing military or equivalent service as a condition for a national identity card signifying citizenship.
He’s one of the most ruthlessly dangerous figures in Israeli history, a criminal psychopath, earlier serving as defense minister and in other high-profile posts.
An unnamed Meretz party member once said “(i)f you liked Mussolini, if you were missing Stalin, you’ll love Lieberman.”
He’s a former nightclub bouncer, a Moldovan emigre. A former Likudnik, he founded the far-right, ultranationalist Israel Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) party.
He opposes Palestinian self-determination. He once called for using buses to take released Palestinian (political) prisoners to a place “whence they will not return.”
He supports executing Arab Knesset members. He called for prosecuting Arab MKs who “cooperat(e) with the enemy” by meeting with Hamas members.
He supports ethnically cleansing Israeli Arab citizens, proposed “economic incentives” for them to leave.
He once demanded Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh return bodies of dead IDF soldiers in 48 hours or be assassinated. Deploring peace, he urged mobilizing for war.
He believes pandering to international opinion is a mistake, showing weakness, not strength. Police earlier wanted him prosecuted for fraud, breach of trust, accepting millions of dollars in bribe money, embezzlement, money laundering, and obstruction of justice, claiming clear evidence proves these charges.
Charged with breach of trust and fraud alone, he was acquitted in November 2013 despite damning evidence against him.
He earlier stood trial for attacking a 12-year-old boy in December 1999. Charged with assaulting and threatening a minor, he was convicted, copped a plea, paid a fine, and avoided harsher punishment.
Earlier and currently he supports beheading Arab citizens who are disloyal to the state. As foreign minister in 2016, he said “(t)hose who are with us deserve everything.”
“Those against us, it cannot be helped, we must lift up an axe and behead them. Otherwise we will not survive here.” He made similar comments earlier.
He repeated his remarks at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya this week. Joint (Arab) List Knesset member Ahmad Tibi said he supports a Jewish version of Islamic State rule, eliminating nonbelievers, adding:
Joint List supports removing racists and fascists through democratic means. “The stronger we are, the weaker the Jewish Islamic State will be.”
Lieberman almost makes Netanyahu’s extremism look mild by comparison. They both exceed the worst of Sharonian evil.
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