Ladies and gentleman… in case you needed any more proof that we are engaged in a clash of civilizations, a battle between good and evil, between enlightenment and the dark ages… If you’re not already aware that Israel is a lone oasis of refined, civilized, reasonable thinking, surrounded by a desert of Muslim/ Arab/ whatever barbarism, violence and blood lust… I present to you… major mensch and dialectical, rabbinical, skeptical and nuanced thinker Avigdor Lieberman.
Lieberman, the Foreign Minister and head of the right wing ultra nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, dropped one of his signature bombs during a post-speech Q & A at an election conference at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya on Sunday. When an Arab-Israeli woman in the audience asked how Lieberman’s policies would affect someone like her, he responded, “I have no problem with your being a citizen. I expect all Arabs, Christians and Jews to be loyal to the state, regardless of religious affiliation, and to serve in the IDF. We accept and encourage those who identify with us.” Oh, and then he added this nugget about Arab citizens of Israel, who make up 20% of the population:
Those who are against us, there’s nothing to be done – we need to pick up an ax and cut off his head.
Nothing underscores a campaign based, in large part, on standing up to ISIS like a good old fashioned call for beheadings!
Arab politician and Knessent Member Ahmad Tibi called Lieberman’s vision a “Jewish ISIS” and demanded a police investigation into the comments. And he’s not the only one. Avraham Diskin, a professor of political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, said that,
it’s against the law to call for violence and brutal executions in particular… He should be investigated, it is a criminal offense to say that, even with freedom of speech. Anyone who calls for such activities, the law is very clear. The criminal law and the basic law of the Knesset are very clear.
Even Israel’s former ambassadors to South Africa and France are appalled by Liberman’s rhetoric, telling the Jerusalem Post,
Israel’s No. 1 diplomat is waving an axe over the heads of citizens of the country that he represents, and in the same breath he preaches to the whole world about fighting anti-Semitism.
For some reason, the stuffy, traditional media isn’t really covering this story. No mention in the New York Times. Something tells me that a statement like this coming from a Palestinian politician about Israelis or Jews would provoke a bit of a response. But, in all fairness to the media, it’s hard to keep up with all the calls for genocide and ethnic cleansing coming out of Israel these days.