“It would be better to drown these prisoners in the Dead Sea if possible, since that's the lowest point in the world.” - Avigdor Lieberman
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“It would be better to drown these prisoners in the Dead Sea if possible, since that's the lowest point in the world.”
Avigdor Lieberman (Hebrew: אביגדור ליברמן, IPA: [aviɡˈdor ˈliberman], About this sound (audio) (help·info); born Evet Lvovich Liberman, Russian: Эве́т Льво́вич Ли́берман, 5 July 1958) is a Soviet-born Israeli politician who serves as the Defense Minister of Israel. He served as Israel's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012, and again from 2013 to 2015. He has also served as member of the Knesset and as Deputy Prime Minister of Israel.
He is the founder and leader of the secular-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose electoral base are overwhelmingly Russian-speaking immigrants from the former Soviet Union. As a result of the arrival in Israel during the 1990s of more than one million Russian-speaking immigrants, Yisrael Beiteinu has regularly played the 'king-maker' role in Israel's coalition governments.
Lieberman first entered the Knesset in 1999, and has since served in numerous roles in the government, including as Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Strategic Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, and Minister of Defense.
Avigdor Lieberman Roundup: Most Outlandish Public Statements
Israeli’s new foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has been making the news almost daily for his often hawkish comments. Today he said Israel should shift its focus from the Palestinians to the Iranians, according to Press TV. “The biggest problem isn’t the Palestinians, but the Iranians,” he said.
The following is a quick roundup of Lieberman’s most incendiary, offensive, reprehensible, obnoxious, abhorrent, heinous and invidious statements over the years. Lieberman has been described by the notable Hebrew University professor Ze’ev Sternhell as, “perhaps the most dangerous politician in the history of the state of Israel.” The following are some of the windbag FM’s most outrageous, but bear in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive.
1. In 2002, following terrorist attacks on Israelis, Lieberman called for military attacks on Palestinian civilian and commercial targets, saying: “If it were up to me I would notify the Palestinian Authority tomorrow at ten in the morning we would bomb all their places of business in Ramallah, for example.”...“I would not hesitate to send the Israeli army into all of Area A [the area of the West Bank ostensibly under Palestinian Authority control] for 48 hours. Destroy the foundation of all the authority’s military infrastructure, all of the police buildings, the arsenals, all the posts of the security forces... not leave one stone on another. Destroy everything.”
2. In 2003, following Sharon granting amnesty to 250 Palestinian prisoners, Lieberman called for mass executions, saying: “ It would be better to drown these prisoners in the Dead Sea if possible, since that’s the lowest point in the world.”
3. In 2006, Lieberman called for the execution of Arab Knesset members who met with Hamas representatives, saying: “World War II ended with the Nurenberg trials. The heads of the Nazi regime, along with their collaborators, were executed. I hope this will be the fate of the collaborators in [the Knesset].”
4. Also in 2006, Lieberman declared explicitly that Jewish and Zionist values trump all others, saying: “The vision I would like to see here is the entrenching of the Jewish and the Zionist state...I very much favour democracy, but when there is a contradiction between democratic and Jewish values, the Jewish and Zionist values are more important.”
5. In early 2009, during the Israeli “Cast Lead” incursion into Gaza, Lieberman made the historical argument that total nuclear destruction of a state is more economical than occupation, saying: “We must continue to fight Hamas just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II. Then, too, the occupation of the country was unnecessary.”
6. In April of 2009, Lieberman called for Israel to disregard past peace efforts, namely the Annapolis peace talks initiated under Bush, saying: “There is one document that obligates us — and that’s not the Annapolis conference, it has no validity.”
For more HuffPost stories on Lieberman, go to the Avigdor Lieberman Big News Page.
But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel
hacked Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal.
- I Samuel 15:33 (NKJV)
Samuel kills Agag
Artist: MERIAN, Matthaeus the Elder
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