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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Flashback: Likud won't run with Lieberman because he wants to divide Jerusalem

In October 2007, the JPost reported that the Likud had decided not to run on a joint slate with Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party in the next Knesset election because Lieberman favored dividing Jerusalem (Hat Tip: Culture for All).
The Likud is no longer interested in running for the next Knesset on a joint list with Israel Beiteinu, following statements by the latter party's chairman, Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in favor of dividing Jerusalem, senior Likud sources said Tuesday.


But Lieberman's statements about the need to give up Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem in territorial and population exchanges convinced top Likud officials that the differences between the parties were irreconcilable.

"For us to run together in the future, he would have to vow to oppose dividing Jerusalem, and that's apparently not going to happen," a senior Likud source said. "He crossed a line that cannot be crossed and we are shocked by the way he has zigzagged between Right and Left."


"Lieberman's views are mistaken and dangerous," Likud faction chairman Gideon Sa'ar said. "There are Arab neighborhoods in Lod, Ramle, Acre and Jaffa. Giving up Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem would transform the city from Israel's capital to the terror capital of the Middle East."


When a settler in Rehelim heckled Lieberman, he asked him when he last visited the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem.

Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip chairman Danny Dayan responded by asking Lieberman if he knew the distance between Shuafat and nearby Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

Lieberman said that "anyone with an IQ above zero" was aware that Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem were only added to the city for political reasons and that therefore there was no reason to keep them.

He said the Israeli Arab problem was worse than the Palestinian problem and that it must be addressed.
While I'm sure the Likud will be glad to highlight this post (and I also agree that this post provides good reasons not to vote for Lieberman), I am also sure that nothing in it will prevent the Likud or Kadima from sitting in the same government as Yisrael Beiteinu.


At 11:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, Likud, Kadima and Labor might join together, as all 3 realize that sitting on the outside doesn't compare to the lack of principles they all represent.

But 3 out of the 4 will join hands. Makes little difference who will be the odd one out. Perhaps, even, they'll all 4 wind up in the same bed.

At 1:14 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl and Shy Guy - getting rid of Arabs is very popular in Israel. What would really be gained in exchange?

Jews, that's whom. Instead of kicking revanants out of their homes, move the border a few kilometers back to put the Arabs under the rule of their brothers. Us over here, them over there. That eliminates the demographic threat and keeps Israel Jewish. If the Arabs don't like it, they can drink the salt water!


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