Avigdor Lieberman 521.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday attacked the Likud and its leader,
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for not supporting his party's
legislation for parliamentary inquiries into human rights and left-wing
NGOs, Army Radio reported.The Association for Civil Rights in Israel responded, saying,
"It's a shame that Lieberman is not familiar with the official
documents, among them Foreign Ministry reports boasting of the important
actions of human rights organizations in Israel."
"I expect loyalty and collegiality
from the heads of the Likud," the foreign minister said ahead of the
weekly cabinet meeting. "It strikes me as strange that they are so
staunchly opposing a proposal for creating parliamentary investigatory
committees to investigate the funding of leftist organizations."
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was surprised by the prime minister's announcement," he said, referring
to Netanyahu's statement last week that he would not support the Israel Beiteinu inquiry initiative. "There's a campaign of
delegitimization and lies against Israel Beiteinu and our proposal,"
Arguing for the establishment of
the inquiry committees, Lieberman said that the NGOs are not left-wing
or human rights organizations, but rather accused them of delegitimizing
Israel, aiding terrorism, particularly those who assisted the Goldstone
Human rights NGO Yesh Din responded harshly to Lieberman's
comments accusing the organizations of aiding terrorism. "If the foreign
minister doesn't file a police complaint and pass on the information in
his possession within 24 hours, everyone will know that he is a liar
and his sole purpose is to incite against the [NGOs]," Yesh Din chief
legal advisor Michael Sfard said on Sunday.
Lieberman's operating methods, Sfard added, "are reminiscent of the
methods applied by dark regimes in order to deal with those deemed as
"The truly dangerous thing is politicians who lead by using incitement and hate in order to appeal to populism."
Earlier, 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.
Ishmael Khaldi, a Lieberman advisor, told career 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 advisor said, "they were leftists from Israel."
Khaldi 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."Tovah Lazaroff contributed to this report