Lieberman slams EU hesitation on Iran

Tells AJC: Leaders "think they can sacrifice Israel for economic interests."

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Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman (read his JPost blog) lashed out at European leaders on Wednesday for refusing to impose economic sanctions on Iran. "There are European leaders who think they can sacrifice Israel for the sake of their economic interests," Lieberman declared at a meeting with American Jewish Council delegates. Speaking to the AJC delegates, the strategic affairs minister compared the current situation to the state of affairs in Europe "on the eve of World War II." Two weeks ago, Lieberman told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee upon his return from a trip to Russia that Israel could deal with the Iranian nuclear threat alone if necessary - a statement that seemed to imply that help from the international community was less than forthcoming. In his first appearance before the Knesset panel, Lieberman said it was the responsibility of the international community to stop the Iranian nuclear program, but that neither Israel nor its friends should become "hysterical." The strategic affairs minister said that the government of Israel was "doing more than any other country to confront the Iranian nuclear threat." "We can face the country even if we're left to face them one-on-one," he said, adding, however, "I think it would be much better for the world if the international community were to step in." Sheera Claire Frenkel contributed to this report.