Peace Now compares Lieberman to Ahmadinejad

Group plasters posters of the two men with slogan: "The coalition of peace opposers."

lieberman ahmadinejad 22 (photo credit: Peace Now)
lieberman ahmadinejad 22
(photo credit: Peace Now)
Peace Now unveiled a campaign early Monday comparing Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The organization plastered hundreds of posters in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Lieberman's West Bank community of Nokdim depicting the two men under the words: "Opponents of Annapolis: The coalition of peace opponents." Peace Now's secretary-general, Yariv Oppenheimer, said early Monday that Lieberman was strengthening the possibility that Iran would obtain nuclear weapons by opposing the Annapolis summit. "Whoever makes Annapolis fail is playing into the hands of Ahmadinejad, Hamas and all the extremists," Oppenheimer said. "That's what Lieberman is doing by emptying Annapolis of all its content and ensuring its failure." Lieberman's spokesman responded by calling the Peace Now campaign "incitement." "It infuriates me that the same Peace Now that justifiably protests when there are posters depicting [slain prime minister Yitzhak] Rabin and [President Shimon] Peres in a keffiyeh is now dressing Lieberman as Ahmadinejad," the spokesman said. "The extremists on the left in Peace Now are no different than [far-right activist Baruch] Marzel and extremists on the right," Lieberman's spokesman added. Lieberman has also been the target of posters attacking him from the right. Posters plastered recently in Jerusalem depict Lieberman as Pinocchio and mock his campaign slogan from the 2006 election, "nyet, nyet, da." "Security - nyet, Jerusalem - nyet, cabinet seat - da," the posters read.