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Israel to seek UN opinion on maritime border spat

Israel is to seek a UN opinion on its maritime borders with Lebanon in the Mediterranean, where lucrative offshore gas fields have been found, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday. “We will soon be presenting the United Nations headquarters in New York with our position on our maritime borders,”…

Israel passes law nixing citizenship for treason

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Knesset, or parliament, has passed a law which would enable the court system to revoke the citizenship of anyone convicted of spying, treason or helping the enemy during times of war. The bill, which was passed by 37 to 11 at a late-night session on Monday, was…

Israel says Iran sending warships to Mediterranean

JERUSALEM — Iran is sending two warships into the eastern Mediterranean, Israel’s foreign minister said Wednesday, labelling the act a “provocation” that the Jewish state cannot ignore for long. “Tonight two Iranian warships are supposed to cross the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Syria,” Foreign…

Israeli FM to Turkey: No apology for commando raid on flotilla

JERUSALEM – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed that Israel would not apologise to Turkey for a commando raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship that killed nine Turkish activists. Speaking in Jerusalem at a meeting of Israel’s ambassadors, Lieberman said Ankara’s demand for an apology before normalising relations between the…

Israeli FM pushes for new settlement construction

Israeli FM says his party will push for renewed settlement building, threatening fragile talks Israel’s hard-line foreign minister said Monday that his party will try to block any extension of Israel’s settlement slowdown, a move that could derail the recently launched Mideast peace negotiations. Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli government…

Israel denies assassin rumor: ‘You watch too much Bond’

BRUSSELS — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday made light of accusations that the Jewish state was involved in the murder of a top Hamas official in Dubai, likening the assassination to a James Bond movie plot. “You see too many James Bond movies,” Lieberman told journalists in Brussels,…

Democrats cede more on health bill, including Medicare buy-in

Senate Democrats have ceded yet more crucial components of President Obama’s health reforms, dropping proposals for both a public option and Medicare buy-in, apparently caving to push-back from Republicans and centrist Democrats, according to a published report. “The general consensus was that [...] we shouldn’t make the perfect the enemy…

Joe Lieberman: Full-blown wingnut

Not only is Joe Lieberman intending to help Republicans filibuster a public option, he’s employing pure wingnut-ese to justify his spitting on his fellow citizens who need health care. Lieberman added that he’d vote against a public option plan “even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new…

Wingnuts will fall in line behind Lieberman

I’m in full agreement with Ezra—McCain is going to go with Lieberman as the VP pick. I largely agree with his reasoning—McCain’s only chance at winning is distinguishing himself from the crazy wingnuts (of which he’s a member of good standing) that have dominated the Bush administration, and for the…

Do You Believe In Magic?

Lieberman as McCain’s Veep? You don’t say! The problem with McCain’s veep search is the same problem the GOP had in the primary – choosing from among a group of clowns will ultimately net you the least clownish clown. I think that there’s a 50/50 chance that Lieberman is the…

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