The Gazan’s high taxes “are not going to benefit those residents, not to the health system or the education system, or the electricity grid, but to make missiles, weapons & tunnels.”
– Liberman questions motive of outgoing Obama’s pardon of Chelsea Manning, who leaked U.S. classified documents to the world, but had no mercy for Polard who leaked only to Israel.
BY JEREMY SHARON
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman called on the citizens of Gaza to overthrow the Hamas regime and promised that Israeli support and assistance for the Palestinian population in the territory will be forthcoming if such an uprising takes place. Continue Reading »
Speaking about the Joint List, the Arab political party that holds 13 of the 120 seats in Israel’s parliament, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said that the report about Ghattas is “more proof that the Joint List is really a joint list of spies and traitors.”
Israeli police launched an investigation into an Israeli Arab lawmaker for allegedly smuggling cell phones to Palestinians imprisoned in Israel, local media reported Sunday.
Basel Ghattas, a lawmaker from the Balad Party, which is part of the Joint (Arab) List, will be summoned by the police for questioning after the Israel Prison Services said they received information that he was planning to transfer the phones into the Keziot Prison. Continue Reading »
Liberman’s comment was the first time a senior Israeli official responded to foreign reports; comes after Syria accused Israel of striking targets near Damascus.
By ANNA AHRONHEIM, JPOST.COM STAFF
Israel has a policy of striking targets in Syria to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, including WMDs, to Hezbollah, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a rare admission on Wednesday.
Avigdor Liberman, March 11, 2013 Photo- Courtesy Ministry of Defense
Israel, which usually neither confirms nor denies responsibility for alleged strikes, is “working primarily to protect the security of our citizens, defend our sovereignty, and prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah,” Liberman said. Continue Reading »
After the IAF hit dozens of Hamas targets in Gaza overnight in retaliation for unprovoked rocket fire on an Israeli city, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman demonstrated his change in the retaliatory strike policy of Israel’s defense establishment.
By Ido Ben Porat
Avigdor Liberman demonstrated on Sunday for the first time that it paid off to seat him in the chair of the Defense Minister on the 14th floor of the Kirya building in Tel Aviv.
Israel’s Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman
The Yisrael Beytenu chairman made it clear that the retaliation policy of the IDF has changed, and that from now on all rocket fire from Gaza into Israel will be met with a strong response from the Israeli Air Force. Continue Reading »
The Defense Minister announced a series of steps to forge a direct line of communication with the Palestinian population, in what Lieberman called a path meant to “bypass” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whose rejected every opportunity for peace, and refuses to end inciting propaganda that maintains the conflict.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman met Wednesday with top officers in the IDF General Staff in Tel Aviv and presented them with the principles of his plan to fight terrorism across Judea and Samaria.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman – Photo: Dudi Vaaknin
Dubbing the measures “carrots, sticks and strikes,” Lieberman said he plans to pursue measures that would undercut Palestinians involved in terrorist activity while offering benefits to those who reject terrorism. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Liberman proposes ‘carrot-or-stick’ approach to Palestinian terror – rewarding West Bank towns who combat terror, or punishing those that assist in it.
By Kobi Finkler
Prior to his appointment to the Defense Ministry, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman boasted that if made Defense Minister, he would ‘crush the terror wave’ and restore security to Israel.
Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman – Photo: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS
On Wednesday evening Liberman presented the first detailed plan towards that goal since assuming office in June.
The outline follows a carrot-and-stick approach to terror emanating from the Palestinian Authority, and includes benefits for towns not harboring terrorists, as well as punitive measures towards known terror centers. Continue Reading »
After public outcry, Defense Minister Liberman gave orders: ‘If soldiers have free time, they should help Holocaust survivors or the needy. Charity begins at home.’
Israeli Defense Minster Avigdor Liberman has given orders to put a stop to a volunteering program involving IDF soldiers playing with children of migrants in south Tel Aviv after the incident caused public outcry, Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported Sunday.
Israel’s then FM, now Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman – Photo: AFP/MENAHEM KAHANA
According to the report, Liberman personally phoned IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot last week and ordered him to put an immediate end to the program. Continue Reading »
Is Israel’s Prime Minister merely positioning to remain in power, or is Netanyahu, as his confidants hint, really prepared to make a dramatic move for peace?
By LESLIE SUSSER
IMMEDIATELY AFTER Avigdor ’s swearing in as Israel’s new defense minister in late May, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the hitherto hawkish Yisrael Beytenu leader took pains to show the world just how dedicated they are to Middle East peacemaking and a two-state solution with the Palestinians.
Netanyahu and Liberman – Photo: AMOS BEN GERSHOM, GPO
“I am committed to achieving peace with our neighbors the Palestinians and with all our neighbors,” Netanyahu insisted, intimating that the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002, which promises normalization with the Arab world in the event of peace with the Palestinians, could be the basis for a major regional peace move. Continue Reading »
Following numerous gov’t promises in the past of closing the gap in the security barrier, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman promised on Thursday to take action and not just issue statements.
By TOVAH LAZAROFF
Government pledges to fix the gap in the security barrier will do little to stop future attacks like the one that occurred in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night.
Palestinians walk near an opening in Israel’s security fence in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of A-tur. – Photo: REUTERS
That is because what’s missing is 320 kilometers out of a 790-kilometer route. Although work on the barrier began in 2002, during the height of the second intifada, the project had ground almost to halt by 2007 based on shifting defense needs in the aftermath of the Second Lebanon War. Continue Reading »
Defense Minister Liberman tells IDF to stop handing over dead terrorists to the PA for burial, while the National Security Council is to submit plans for creating a cemetery for terrorists.
By Hezki Baruch
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman instructed the IDF Thursday to desist from its policy of handing over terrorists’ bodies to the Palestinian Authority for burial.
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Celebratory funeral in eastern Jerusalem – Photo: Reuters
His instruction was given despite the recommendation of the IDF and the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) to return terrorists’ bodies, because not doing so could cause Arab anger and violence.
Israel’s TV2 Reports: Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, agreed to PM Netanyahu’s offer to enter current coalition, and will replace Moshe Ya’alon as Israel’s Defense Minister.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman has agreed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to supplant Moshe Ya’alon as Israel’s next defense minister.
Liberman and Ya’alon. – Photo MARC ISRAEL SELLEM, J’lem Post
Netanyahu and Liberman agreed on Wednesday to form negotiating teams whose mandate will be to finalize the terms of a deal that would expand the Likud-led governing coalition.
News of the agreement between Liberman and Netanyahu was first reported by Ben Caspit, the senior political commentator for The Jerusalem Post’s Hebrew-language corporate sister publication Ma’ariv. Continue Reading »
Hamas billionaire leader Ismail Haniyeh, says his Islamic group is preparing daily for its next conflict with Israel, and is constantly working on building newer offensive attack-tunnels & replenishing its vast rocket supply.
By Elior Levy and Moran Azulay
Deputy Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Friday that the organization is digging new tunnels and testing rockets in order to develop and improve them. “The resistance is digging east of Gaza and conducting rocket tests west of Gaza on a daily basis,” he said.
Haniyeh, who is Khaled Mashal‘s deputy at Hamas’s political bureau, made the comments in a speech during Friday prayers ahead of the funerals of seven Hamas military operatives killed this week in a tunnel collapse in Gaza, not far from the border with Israel. Continue Reading »
Although having been written off by many Israeli commentators 6 months ago, a recent TV2 poll showed that, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman is the best man to end current wave of Palestinian terrorist attacks.
By Ari Soffer
When Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avigdor Liberman declared last April that he would not be joining Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition, many commentators saw it as the final, vengeful act of a political has-been.
“A political suicide bombing” was how some in the Israeli press described it, noting how in the process of ostensibly making his much-reduced party irrelevant, Liberman had also left his political nemesis Netanyahu in the incredibly uncomfortable position of being held hostage by a mere 1-MK majority, in a government with more than one source of political dysfunction. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Foreign Minister Liberman fires back, reminding South Africa that just days after attacking & killing foreign immigrants, calling Israel “apartheid regime”, is not only inaccurate, it’s hypocritical as well.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman slammed South Africa on Friday, after the country’s communist party labeled Israel an “apartheid state”.
The South African Communist Party’s (SACP) statement came after Israel refused to grant an entry visa to the party’s Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzmande, to visit Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.
In response, the SACP issued a strong statement condemning “the apartheid Israeli regime’s” decision not to grant the visa. Continue Reading »
Former diplomats condemn Yisrael Beytenu chairman Liberman for suggesting disloyal Israeli Arabs should have their heads removed.
Former diplomats and intellectuals came out against Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman Monday, a day after he called to decapitate Israeli Arabs who are “against us.”
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks to the press before the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. – Photo: EMIL SALMAN/POOL
“Whoever is with us should get everything,” the Yisrael Beytenu chairman said in a speech at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Sunday. “Whoever is against us, there’s nothing else to do. We have to lift up an axe and remove his head, otherwise we won’t survive here.” Continue Reading »