Lieberman on Arab Lawmakers, Leftists: We Defeated Nazis, I Hope We Can Defeat Our Enemies at Home

While Israeli defense minister mentioned terror organizations in his enumeration of Israel's enemies, he also implied that those who 'act against us' include Arab Knesset members

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman at the Knesset, May 8, 2017.
Emil Salman

“I hope that just as we knew how to defeat the Nazis, we will defeat the forces that act against us, from within and without,” Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman told a caucus of his party’s parliamentarians on Monday.

While he mentioned terror organizations in his enumeration of Israel’s enemies, he also implied that those who “act against us” include Arab Knesset members and Israelis who attended an alternative Memorial Day ceremony with Palestinians last week.

“Today we mark 72 years since the defeat of Nazism,” Lieberman said. Without that victory, it’s doubtful the state would exist, he said. “I only regret that even today there are those who continue in the Nazis’ path and are trying to destroy the State of Israel and harm the Jewish people. Just as Germany had allies in the Middle East – I’m referring to the Mufti Amin al-Husseini – today I see people continuing his path.”

Lieberman mentioned Hamas and Hezbollah, but also referred to “MKs who tried to smuggle a cellphone to a murderer in an Israeli prison, or those who went to identify with the families of the ‘martyrs.’” Lieberman also mentioned the leader of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Ra’ad Salah, and “those people who declared that Shimon Peres was the murderer from Kafr Kana and refused to go to his funeral, while in the same week they attended a memorial service for [Yasser] Arafat in Ramallah.”

Lieberman also described the hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners as a struggle between Marwan Barghouti, who is leading the strike, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“The strike has nothing to do with us,” Lieberman said. “They are trying to conduct this battle on our backs.”