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Lieberman: Israel will not be 2010’s Czechoslovakia
The foreign minister tells his French and Spanish counterparts, “Solve your own problems in Europe before you come to us.”

By Barak Ravid HAARETZ

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the foreign ministers of Spain and France, “Solve your own problems in Europe before you come to us with complaints. Maybe then I will be open to accepting your suggestions,” in a dinner meeting with them on Sunday evening.

Lieberman emphasized to Bernard Kouchner and Miguel Angel Moratinos that “Israel will not be the Czechoslovakia of 2010,” at their meeting at the foreign ministry offices in Jerusalem.
lieberman – Reuters – October 10 2010

Lieberman stated that the international community is trying to make up for its failures in Afghanistan, Sudan and North Korea by reaching an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians within one year.

“It would be better for you to talk to the Arab League about what will happen in Iraq in 2012, instead of putting pressure on Israel, which is likely to lead to an blowup like in the year 2000,” Lieberman said.

The foreign minister added that he does not expect the European Union to solve all of the world’s problems, but it expects of it to at least solve the problems on the European continent, like the crisis in Kosovo and the conflict in Cyprus.

“In 1938 Europe placated Hitler, sacrificing Czechoslovakia instead of supporting it, and gained nothing from it,” Lieberman said. “We will not be the Czechoslovakia of 2010, we will stand up for Israel’s vital interests.”

In 1918, the state of Czechoslovakia (today the two countries of Czech Republic and Slovakia) annexed the hilly and more easily defendable Sudetenland border region without conducting a referendum of its residents, who were German nationals.

Twenty years later, Hitler demanded that the region be returned to Germany, and Britain and France agreed. A year later in 1939, Germany conquered the rest of Czechoslovakia proper by force.

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  1. Here is what I commented to Pamela Geller regarding her interview with Avigdor Lieberman, almost 4 years ago:

    The only thing Lieberman has accomplished in all his years as a Knesset member is looking out for Number One.

    Here’s a quote for you, Pamela. Click on the link at the end to reveal its author.

    “Lieberman’s public persona is in many ways an encapsulation of all that is wrong with Israel’s leaders today. Like his colleagues on the Left, Lieberman touts an attractive sounding policy for dealing with the Arabs which only suffers from the marginal defect of being completely irrational.

    The Left demands that we give our enemies Judea, Samaria and the Golan Heights in exchange for a piece of paper. Lieberman intends to keep the Golan Heights, forgo the paper and throw in the Galilee to advance what he sees as ethnic partitioning.

    When you get right down to it, the greatest difference between Lieberman and the Left is rhetorical. Lieberman is willing to give our land to our enemies because he hates the Arabs. The Left is willing to give our land to our enemies because they hate the Jews.”

    Guess who I’m quoting? Someone made of far better stuff.

    As we all like to say: read the whole thing.

    All is not gold that glitters, Pamela.

    Nothing has changed since then. Don’t get all excited. Lieberman is no one’s savior except his own. Sorry if I burst anyone’s bubble.