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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's Arab affairs advisor said that
Israeli leftists, not foreign activists caused the most damage in the
recent fly-in protest dubbed "Flightilla" by media outlets, Army Radio reported on Sunday.
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Ishmael Khaldi, a Lieberman advisor, told career Army soldiers in a
closed meeting that Israeli leftists "behaved in a way that borders on
damaging the security of the state," according to the report.
that caused damage to our image in the 'Flightilla' events were not
foreign activists," the Lieberman advisor said, "they were leftists from
also addressed the Arab Spring, denying that the revolutions
taking place are democratic, instead saying that they are popular
protest against dictatorial regimes against a backdrop of harsh economic
"Israel is the strongest country in the the Middle East," he said, and
it does not need to feel threatened by the turmoil in the region.
Addressing the Palestinian plan to seek statehood recognition in the
United Nations this September, Khaldi
said such a plan would be breaking
every bilateral agreement between the two sides. "Such a decision will
create false expectations, it won't bring any political benefit to
Palestinians and will cause increased frustration."