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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Foreign Ministry bureaucrats seething at Lieberman's house cleaning

The Leftist careerists at Israel's Foreign Ministry are seething at Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman for 'suspending' a top foreign ministry official for leaking confidential information to the media.
Lieberman, in an interview published Wednesday in the Russian-language newspaper Vesti, said that the ministry's deputy director general for strategic affairs, Alon Bar, was suspended after the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) found him responsible for a leak that Lieberman said had "created tension" with the US.

He mentioned neither the subject of the alleged leak, nor where it appeared.

The Strategic Affairs department is focused primarily on Iran and on non-proliferation issues.
Why would a 'top foreign ministry official' do something so foolish? Here's a clue:
In the Vesti interview, Lieberman said Bar, who he characterized as "one of our brilliant diplomats," could no longer serve in "such an important position."

Prior to this position, Bar - considered a talented young diplomat with a bright future - served as former minister Tzipi Livni's diplomatic adviser.
As I have noted previously, the foreign ministry's bureaucracy is rife with Leftists who are holdovers from the reigns of Shimon Peres, Shlomo Ben Ami, Sylvan Shalom (before he realized that a Left-leaner has no chance of advancing in the Likud) and Tzipi Livni. The last time we had a Foreign Minister who leaned anywhere near as Rightward as Lieberman was when David Levy was Foreign Minister under Yitzchak Shamir (1990-92).

Lieberman is trying to remake Israel's foreign policy. Any foreign ministry employee who insists on promoting the views of the previous government is going to find him or herself suspended and on the street. There won't be any incidents like this one under Lieberman. It's about time.


At 10:25 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

A good move. Its just regrettable the Supreme Court, the Attorney General's Office, the police and Shin Bet can't be purged of their leftist holdovers.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger etabori said...

This is the most foolish and dangerous move. Smacks of MC Cartism hysteria. Diplomats are trained and experienced professionals and cannot be replaced at whim. The spurious allegation that they are leftists is ignominous.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger etabori said...

You must be out of minds. What a witch hunt. Smacks of Mc Cartism hysteria. Diplomats are professionals trained and experienced and cannot be replaced at whim. The spurious allegations that they are " Leftists" are ignominous as they are untrue.


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