Lieberman strikes a nerve
Sir, – There is an interesting juxtaposition of items
on the first page of your December 28 Comment & Features section.
the right, the outgoing Slovak ambassador talks about values (“A country is more
respected when it stands up for its values”), while on the left your editorial
(“Lieberman gives the PM no choice”) calls for our foreign minister to be fired
for calling a spade a spade and refusing to grovel in the face of Turkey’s
insults and attacks .
Readers can make their own choice between the
Sir, – Regarding the headline for the piece
on the outgoing Slovak envoy, I dare say that Foreign Minister Lieberman has
done exactly that, while Prime Minister Netanyahu has tried to cater to everyone
while pleasing no one.
The Palestinians rant and rave everyday on
everything negative about us, with just a whimper of rebuke from anyone,
including this paper. Lieberman is the only one who dares say the
Compromise does not seem to be part of the vocabulary of the
Palestinians or, may I say, of the Turks. All they want is total capitulation to
In addition, if you call for the firing of Lieberman, you
should at least call for the firing of Defense Minister Barak, who on a daily
basis calls for splitting Jerusalem, contrary to Netanyahu’s oft repeated
statements and against the will of the people.VEL WERBLOWSKY
Sir, – Kol hakavod to whomever wrote the December 28 editorial.
great thought, but I’m afraid not what the prime minister will do.
almost any other country, such chutzpah on the part of the foreign minister
would get him thrown out, almost immediately! But not here. Everything the
writer has written is true and well-meant, but he or she has forgotten one small
item: This is Israel, under a Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu government, not some real
country. Here we do all kinds of crazy things and then holler when someone
complains! But who knows – maybe what Lieberman says and does is what Bibi wants
to say and do, but can’t because he is prime minister and must maintain a
modicum of decorum. Whatever the story, don’t bet that Lieberman will be out any
time soon.LEONARD ZURAKOV
Sir, – Undoubtedly, Foreign Minister
Lieberman’s remarks are at odds with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s official
Nevertheless, every word Lieberman says is true and has to be
said by someone. Throwing him out of office will not change this.
we all wish our prime minister the best of luck in attempting to resuscitate our
erstwhile friendship with Turkey as well as in making peace with his Palestinian
partners, Lieberman’s “let’s call a spade a spade” tactics provide a good
counterbalance for our government’s appeasement-style policies and, in my
opinion, must be allowed to continue.DAVID S. ADDLEMAN
Sir, – Foreign Minister Lieberman characterized the Turks as liars making “false
promises,” proclaimed the Palestinian Authority as an “illegitimate government,”
and verbally slammed Prime Minister Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s office countered that
the country’s position is the one expressed by the prime minister.
is far from the first time Lieberman has flogged foreign policies that are
radically opposed to those of Netanyahu.
If Netanyahu is serious – that
there is one foreign policy agenda – it’s time his government sends one foreign
It’s time to replace Lieberman with someone who doesn’t
repeatedly require “cover” from the PM’s office.
Or, is Lieberman doing
Netanyahu’s dirty work, playing “bad cop” to the prime minister’s “good cop,”
and articulating policies that are too hot and career-limiting for Netanyahu to
articulate himself? JUDY BAMBERGER
Sir, – What’s wrong with
our prime minister, Labor party and general population? Don’t we know that the
only government official with the guts to speak the unadulterated truth is
Avigdor Lieberman? He is the only one who tells it like it is. All the others
try to put a polished cover on the facts.
Deep down, we all know that the
PA doesn’t want peace. The Palestinians still incite, they still demand
preconditions, they still refuse to talk directly to us, they still want us to
return to an indefensible position, they use artificial means to become a state
instead of legitimately negotiating for one.
Lieberman sees through these
false positions and isn’t afraid to speak up. It’s time our leaders tell the
world the facts and not hide them in mumbo jumbo political
Sir, – How hypocritical it is of Labor
cabinet members to call on Binyamin Netanyahu to punish Avigdor Lieberman for
sharing his thoughts on Turkey and the peace process (“Prime minister rejects
Labor’s call to punish FM,” December 28) when Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in
Washington on a monthly basis spewing his own party’s left-wing agenda in regard
to talks with the Arabs.
That being said, I do agree that all ministers
should disseminate only the official government stance on issues when speaking
in public. One of the main problems with Israel’s hasbara efforts, in my
opinion, is the fact that Israel time and time again has so many voices saying
so many different things that it’s difficult to siphon out was is or isn’t
official policy.JOSH HASTEN
Elazar Gall to whine
Sir, – The chief legal
adviser for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel slams the “unusually
harsh” punishment meted out to Jonathan Pollak (“Founder of Anarchists Against
the Wall sentenced to three months for 2008 Gaza bike protest,” December
Pollak’s followers have the gall to whine over minor injuries
sustained confronting police, while ignoring the innocent men, women and
children targeted by suicide bombers or shot at point-blank range before the
security barrier was constructed, as well as the thousands upon thousands of
Muslims murdered and maimed on a daily basis by their co-religionists in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India ,etc.
Still, sentencing people like Pollak
to an extended period working in hospitals or establishments caring for those
who have suffered so tragically could be slightly more effective.GISH
Pardesiya Cost of leaving
Sir, – Regarding “US reports surge in
resident Israelis” (December 28), I cannot explain all the possible reasons.
However, I do know that for many, sadly, the reason is economic.
of many people who could not make it in Israel and left for other countries, not
only the US. Many of them came to make a life here but could not
Some even tried more than once.
If we want to solve our
significant “brain drain” problem and attract new immigrants, we must find a way
to make life here affordable.DEENA SPIGELMAN
Sir, – So, the Palestinians want us to freeze all
development in Samaria and Judea as a pre-condition to entering into further
talks. I would suggest that the Waqf freeze all development on the Temple Mount
as our precondition.M. VEEDER
The law firm mentioned
in “A country is more respected when it stands up for its values” (Comment &
Features, December 28) should be Baker & McKenzie, and not as written.