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January 4, 2015 12:04 pm

FM Lieberman: Israel’s Biggest Challenge is Europe, Not Palestinians

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warns that the biggest challenge Israel was face in 2015 will come by way of Europe and not the Palestinians. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – The biggest diplomatic challenge Israel faces in 2015 will be Europe’s view of Israeli policies, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday during a meeting with the Israeli envoys to the European Union.

Lieberman was quoted by Israel’s Channel 2 as saying, “I’m not sure devoting so much time to the Palestinian issue is in Israel’s best interest. … If I have to analyze all the challenges we face, I would have to say that our biggest diplomatic challenge is not the Palestinians or the Arab nations, but the West.”

Lieberman leveled harsh criticism at the support lent by the European Union to the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral moves in the international arena—especially the decision of several U.N. Security Council members, including France and Luxemburg, to back a Palestinian resolution calling for Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank by 2017.

“Some European nations’ conduct is reminiscent of 1938, just before the Munich Agreement,” Lieberman said, evoking the deal negotiated between European powers and Nazi Germany on the eve of World War II. “The conduct by countries like Sweden and Ireland (who both recently supported unilateral Palestinian statehood, Sweden on the government level and Ireland in its legislature) is reminiscent of how [European powers] abandoned Czechoslovakia to its fate. Now they are making all kinds of excuses to abandon Israel, even though we are the only country in the Middle East to represent Western values.”

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  • charlie johnson

    I didn’t expect that I would find much agreement with this man and avoided reading his views .But I think the man has something to say that is worth a lot of consideration.Popular opinion is a close second to money in the path of the future on this planet today. That is why the enemy prefers to put civilian non combatants in harms way.

  • Jonah

    That portion of the west not controlled by finance is under the indirect influence of the sword of Allah. Israel has western values, so what! Scripture says europewill be responsible for leading the attacks against Israel….with the stupid dumbfounded financial and military support of the U.S. If you want to lead America to hell in the hand basket just create racial division to divert their attention from what the executive branch is going to do to Israel. The American people are stupid beyound measure and easily deceived.

    • charlie johnson

      I really do not think that the majority of Americans are easily deceived.Billions of dollars are placed into the hands of media propaganda experts to deceive the majority.Otherwise every citizen would be an exact clone of the typical citizen of LA and Hollywood.America is a show they run the show. The average citizen can not have much influence in the powerful information system known as the media.Nor does but few average citizen get to Washington.The elite has America by the Ying Yang.

  • Eric R.

    Israel should sever ties with Sweden, Belgium, Norway and Ireland, and even ban their reporters from the country (even if, in the case of Ireland, they actually work for British media outlets.). Possibly Spain as well.

    Furthermore, EU officials from these countries (Yes, I know, Norway is not in the EU) should also be banned from entering.

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