Friends or foes? A brief history of Liberman and Netanyahu’s mutual animosity

Star-crossed lovers or mortal enemies?

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May 19, 2016 18:17
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) confers with Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) confers with Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman in the Knesset. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman may seem to be star-crossed lovers who could not find each other’s arms until a year and two months after the last election, but really, they were more like mortal enemies.

Liberman decided, ahead of last year’s election, that he was sick of Netanyahu.

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He refused to join the government, and decided to torment him from the benches of the opposition with sharper barbs than any of the left-wing parties. The Likud, then, was sure to respond in kind.

Here are some of the juiciest insults the sides have thrown at each other this past year:

• “Liberman is trying [to be]... a military commentator who doesn’t meet the basic standards. The only thing that has whizzed past his ears is a tennis ball. A man who never led even one soldier into battle and never made an operative decision in his life, and never sat through an entire security cabinet meeting cannot be a military commentator.” – Likud statement earlier this year about our soon-to-be defense minister

“Some choose to blather and plan political conferences, and some are blocking pressure on the State of Israel and strengthening our international treaties." – Netanyahu, in response to a Liberman conference with MK Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) lamenting Israel’s “failed” foreign policy

“He must be preparing for Purim... Liberman is an opportunist pretending to be right-wing.” – Likud statement

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• “Netanyahu isn’t Left or Right. He has no ideology. He is the ultimate Mr. Zigzag. He may be the world champion of zigzaggers.” – Liberman, Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting

“He is a liar, a fraud and a crook. Those are the words I can say about our prime minister. He brazenly defrauds the people of Israel.” – Liberman, Army Radio interview

“They are simply schlemiels who don’t know how to rule or manage properly. Netanyahu and [Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon] are not worthy of leading the country.” – Liberman

• “Netanyahu should get a Nobel Prize in political charlatanism.” – Liberman

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