FM: World would have no problem sacrificing us

Speaking at 'Jerusalem Post' conference, Liberman says Israel "will not be a second Czechoslovakia."

Avigdor Liberman 370 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Avigdor Liberman 370
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman continued to publicly rebuke Europe on Wednesday, telling a hall full of diplomats attending The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference in Herzliya that many world leaders would be willing to “sacrifice” Israel in an instant.
“I am compelled to tell the truth,” Liberman told the ambassadors and diplomats from around the world at the end of a 20-minute address that slammed the international community for taking a biased approach to the Israeli-Arab conflict.
“My sense is that all the promises and commitments to Israel’s security are mere words. When push comes to shove, many key leaders would be willing to sacrifice Israel without batting an eyelid in order to appease the radical Islamist militants and ensure quiet for themselves,” he said.
This was the second time in as many days that Liberman slammed Europe for roundly condemning Israel for announcing settlement construction and planning projects but giving Hamas and the Palestinian Authority a free pass for genocidal threats and the glorification of terrorists.
Liberman’s critics attribute his harsh criticism to the upcoming election and the assumption that tough talk to the world plays well with his constituency. His supporters, however, argue he is simply responding to blatantly unfair treatment of Israel by the EU that was manifest in the bloc’s disappointing vote at the UN General Assembly on last month’s PA statehood bid, and its tepid reaction to recent Hamas calls to destroy Israel while being extremely critical of Israel for announcing settlement construction plans and the planning of homes in E1.
“Despite announcements from Hamas leaders that they will not accept or respect agreements with Israel, and their intention to destroy Israel, the Europeans decided to place pressure only on our side,” he said.
Liberman charged that the world closes its eyes as the Palestinians name streets, squares and sports tournaments after suicide bombers and arch-terrorists, as the PA sentences to death people “caught” selling property to Jews, and as Hamas smuggles arms into the Gaza Strip.
In a speech to Yisrael Beytenu activists on Tuesday, Liberman said that some European foreign ministers, whom he did not name, argued at the EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday against adding a tepid denouncement of recent Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel into their statement slamming Israel for announcing construction of settlement units and planning on E1.
An Israel Radio report on Wednesday identified the four foreign ministers as coming from Ireland, Portugal, Denmark and Finland.
While Israel faces “constant threats to wipe us off the face of the earth,” repeated attempts to infiltrate its territory from Sinai, and tens of thousands of missiles from Hezbollah, the world, Liberman bemoaned at the ‘Post’ conference, obsesses about the Palestinian issue. He termed the number of international organizations and UN bodies created to deal with the Palestinian issue “remarkable.”
Explaining this “obsession,” Liberman said that “time after time the international community is forced to denounce [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, Iran, the Taliban, al-Qaida, global jihad and Sudan. However, because of their need for Arab oil in the Muslim world markets they try to show objectivity and balance by looking for excuses to denounce Israel.”
Israel was not willing to sacrifice its vital national interests and become a “second Czechoslovakia,” he said.
“All expressions and promises of commitment to Israel’s security from all around the world remind me of similar commitments made to Czechoslovakia [in 1938], and the pressure made on the Czech president to partition the Sudetenland.
After all the promises and guarantees that were provided, Nazi Germany occupied all of Czechoslovakia, bringing an end to its existence,” he said.
Liberman, who has said he would like to continue on as foreign minister if – as is expected – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu forms the next government, said it was not clear to him “by what right the EU comes to us to preach about how to make peace, especially without a clear record of success in achieving peace in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.”
Further, he said, they have not had great success solving problems in Europe, such as in Cyprus and Kosovo.
Advocating lowering the bar of expectations regarding a peace agreement with the Palestinians, Liberman said that “the best we can hope for today is to maintain security and economic cooperation with the Palestinians; to improve their daily life and keep the situation under control."