The Jerusalem Post annual conference: 7 Israeli ministers will meet you there!
Israeli Arab leaders exploit 'price tag' incidents to fan hatred, Liberman says
ByJPOST.COM STAFF
April 20, 2014 12:35
Foreign minister reacted to statements by Arab leaders in wake of vandalism against Umm el-Fahm mosque.
Avigdor Liberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, February 7, 2014.. (photo credit:TOVAH LAZAROFF)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman lashed out at Israeli Arab leaders on Sunday for “cynically exploiting” far-right vandalism and arson against Arab property while vowing to “do all he can to ensure that Umm el-Fahm will be part of a Palestinian state, and not the State of Israel.”

In a lengthy post on his Hebrew-language Facebook page, Liberman said that while he condemns “hooligans” who carry out so-called “price tag” policy of destroying property in hopes of deterring the government from negotiating peace with the Palestinians, it “no less boils the blood… to see Arab members of Knesset and other extremist elements in the Arab community, like Sheikh Raed Salah and MK Jamal Zahalka, ‘jump on the bandwagon’ as if it was the greatest gift they have ever received and inflate the issue to the point of lashing out and inciting against the State of Israel.”



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.



The comments were a reaction to the latest act of vandalism against a mosque in the northern Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm. The door of the mosque was set alight, and racist graffiti was found sprayed on the walls. Nonetheless, Liberman bitterly criticized Israeli Arab politicians for what he perceives as making political hay from these incidents.

“Their behavior once again proves that they have long seen become a fifth column whose entire objective is to destroy the state in which they live,” Liberman wrote. “To that end, they are willing to exploit every incident and every insane person.”

“These people, just like the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, have never worked to bring Jews and Arabs together and to reduce tensions,” the foreign minister wrote. “On the contrary, they have only fanned the flames and increased hatred.”

Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Jerusalem
  • Palestinian Authority
  • West Bank
  • Prev Article
    2 Border Police hurt, 24 arrested in Temple Mount riots
    Temple Mount
    Man holds knife
    Soldier stabbed to death outside nightclub in apparent brawl
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Riot
    August 31, 2014
    Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night

    By DANIEL K. EISENBUD

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 14 - 28
      Beer Sheva
      14 - 27
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 12 - 21
      Jerusalem
      15 - 22
      Haifa
    • 15 - 28
      Elat
      16 - 26
      Tiberias