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    • Samuel R.
    • 11.10.10 | 06:19 (IST)

    Israel wants to be accepted as an integral part of the respected international community, but it doesn’t want to play by the rules and meet obligations that come with it. Israel may end up isolating itself further and looking like a renegade state, with a foreign minister like Lieberman , who talks and acts as if he were the foreign minister of a self-sufficient world superpower that doesn’t need anyone or care what anyone else says, and with a new citizenship oath that effectively turns non-Jew citizens into second-class citizens and makes the country starting to look like a racist state and an intolerant theocracy, and of course with the Palestinian issue, which Israel seems to think is it’s right to decide on whether the Palestinians deserve the “gift” of freedom and independence, or not. Lieberman should remember that Israel desperately needs the friends he’s trying to alienate. And he should get used to listening to friends, even when they say things he doesn’t like. Everyone lives that way, why shouldn’t Lieberman? The longer Lieberman is foreign minister, the more tarnished Israel’s reputation will get.

    from the article: Lieberman: Israel will not be the Czechoslovakia of 2010
    First published 00:28 11.10.10 | Last updated 00:28 11.10.10
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