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The truth about Avigdor Lieberman

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Submitted by David Pinto (Canada), Apr 2, 2009 at 14:28

Mr. Pipes,. I was dismayed to read that you were elated to read about something that Avigdor Lieberman said.

Here is what Avigdor Lieberman has actually said.

Lieberman has been quoted as suggesting that
Israel should use nuclear weapons against the Gaza Strip.In 2002, Lieberman called on the Israeli government, under Ariel
Sharon, to blanket-bomb Palestinian population centres in order to
force Palestinians to flee to Jordan
. The Israeli newspaper Yediot
Aharonot quoted Lieberman as saying during a cabinet meeting that the
Palestinians should be given an ultimatum: "At 8am we'll bomb all the
commercial centres... at noon we'll bomb their gas stations... at 2pm
we'll bomb their banks... while keeping the bridges open."

In 1998, Lieberman called for flooding Egypt by bombing the Aswan Dam.

In 2001, as minister of national infrastructure, Lieberman proposed
that the West Bank be divided into four cantons, with no central
Palestinian government and no possibility for Palestinians to travel
between the cantons.

In 2003, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported
that Lieberman called for thousands of Palestinian prisoners held by
Israel to be drowned in the Dead Sea and offered to provide buses to
take them there.

Further, Lieberman has proposed that a "loyalty test" be applied to
those "Arabs" who desire to remain in Israel. Those committed to
making Israel a state of all its citizens, including the Palestinian
minority, would be stripped of their voting rights. In April 2002,
Lieberman stated that there was "nothing undemocratic about transfer".

In May 2004, Lieberman said that 90 per cent of Israel's 1.2 million
Palestinian citizens would "have to find a new Arab entity" in which
to live beyond Israel's borders. "They have no place here. They can
take their bundles and get lost."

In May 2006, Lieberman called for the killing of Arab members of the
Israeli parliament who meet with members of the then Hamas-led
Palestinian Authority.

In recent months, Lieberman urged that Tehran be levelled if Iran went
ahead with its alleged nuclear weapons programme
. He reportedly told
listeners of Israel's Radio Persian Service that "you will pay a high
price; you, the good Iranian citizens, will pay for your leaders'
actions."

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Daniel Pipes replies:

1. I was elated by that speech, not the totality of Lieberman's statements. I indicated so clearly in my article.

2. I made clear my own wariness of Lieberman in the article ("I have had reservations about Lieberman and still do").

3. You have listed quotations witihout sources. To be taken seriously, they must be sourced.

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