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    • 11.09.11 | 18:31 (IDT)

    While Netanyahu is the Prime Minister and bears the ultimate responsibility for Israel's poor standing in the world today, let us not forget the contribution of his amazing Foreign Minister, the anti-diplomat Lieberman. In Egypt, Lieberman is a persona non grata, for suggesting in 1998 that Israel bomb the Aswan Dam in retaliation for Egypt's support of Yasser Arafat. Note that Egypt was at peace with Israel, and any imagined support of Arafat was at most diplomatic. Bombing civilian infrastructure is a crime against humanity even at times of war (unless a military necessity exists for the act). In any case, there was simply no proportionality here between the "crime" and punishment, another war crime. But this was no hindrance for our Stalinist bone-head of a diplomat. With Turkey we have just heard a similar story. Turkey is within its rights to have animus against Israel. You can't force peoples to become friends even if you believe they should. But Lieberman came up with "appropriate" retaliation. Israel should support the PKK, a recognized terrorist organization. Lieberman suggests Israel should commit a criminal act, while at the same time Israel is fighting Hamas and expects all nations to support her in this fight. Again, there is no proportionality between the "crime" and punishment, to say nothing of the fact that Israel would be violating the same stricture she expects other nations to uphold. Lieberman must go, hopefully to jail too so that he gets out of the Israeli political system for good.

    from the article: Turkey FM condemns Israeli 'plan' to support PKK
    First published 18:01 11.09.11 | Last updated 18:01 11.09.11
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