Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311.
(photo credit: Baz Ratner/Reuters)
Leftist groups that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused of aiding
terrorism wrote him on Monday asking him to withdraw his parliamentary immunity
so they could sue him for libel.
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Speaking to reporters outside Sunday’s
cabinet meeting, Lieberman complained about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s
opposition to forming a parliamentary commission on inquiry to probe leftist
non-governmental organizations. He listed several organizations that he accused
of terrorism, spying for Israel’s enemies, and preventing the IDF from defending
Lawyer Michael Sfard, who represents Yesh Din and Breaking the
Silence, sent the letter on behalf of both of the organizations as well as
Adallah. He wrote that if Lieberman did not agree to revoke his own immunity
within 48 hours it would prove that he was afraid of the truth being
“All of what you said, from the beginning until the end was
deceitful, wild and bullying incitement,” Sfard wrote. “You know you have no
proof whatsoever for any of your charges that you imagined. The organizations I
represent advance human rights, coexistence and peace, yet you accused them of
terror activity, spying, and helping enemies. These are shameful, unforgivable
The Foreign Ministry said in response that there was “no reason to
respond to criticism from every leper.”