Raise your hand if you love Avigdor Lieberman (Photo: AP)
Haaretz reports on Avigdor Lieberman's trip to speak at a Jewish National Fund event in London. Lieberman has been taken aback by criticism of his invitation from Zionist activists in the UK:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday to a Jewish audience in London that he expects Jewish communities around the world to support whatever Israeli government is in power, regardless of its views.
Lieberman who was speaking at an event sponsored by the British branch of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) responded to the controversy within the Jewish community in London, following the objections of Jewish groups, including the Habonim Dror youth movement and the Reform and Liberal rabbis organizations, to his appearance.
"It is not my responsibility to give advice," said the foreign minister, who was greeted upon arrival at the Pillar Hotel in North London, by demonstrations of pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli groups outside, "but my expectations from all Jewish communities is first of all to support any government in Israel. It doesn't matter whether it's dovish or right wing, it's democratically elected.
"All Jewish people have a right to be in this discussion and I respect their right to protest but I expect all Jewish communities to support whatever Israel government there is," he added.
Got it? Only Jews "have a right to be in this discussion" and only as long as they support the Israeli government. Until then worldwide Jewry (and everyone else), shut yer piehole.
Here's video from his trip (didn't know Avigdor had a soft side, did you?):