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Lieberman, commander of Gaza snipers, arrives in D.C. to take on Iran Deal

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Everyone is talking about Emmanuel Macron at the White House, come to save the Iran deal: the Trumps gave a state dinner for the French president last night, amid news footage of bromance and French hats and other pageantry.

Well: someone else is in the picture! Reports the New York Times‘s Peter Baker and Julie Hirschfeld Davis:

For their part, Israeli officials moved to shape Mr. Trump’s thinking as well. Avigdor Liberman, the Israeli defense minister, said he planned to leave for the United States on Tuesday night so that he could meet with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and John R. Bolton, the president’s new national security adviser and a longtime opponent of the Iran nuclear agreement. The meetings, he said on Twitter, were to discuss “Iran’s expansion in the Middle East and Syria.”

According to Jewish Insider, Lieberman arrived in Newark this morning, was welcomed by a rabbi, and hopped on the train for Washington. He and Bolton and Trump will have much to talk about, as they “shape Mr. Trump’s thinking.”

As Defense Minister, Lieberman has been the chief justifier of the Gaza snipers, which have now killed more than 40 Gazans.

21 Responses

  1. CigarGod
    April 25, 2018, 11:51 am

    Isn’t this nice…we’re creating our own little Axis.

  2. Citizen
    April 25, 2018, 12:44 pm

    Nothing on this in US cable TV news shows

  3. Annie Robbins
    April 25, 2018, 1:06 pm

    syria syria syria

    katie has outdone herself!

  4. Maghlawatan
    April 25, 2018, 2:12 pm

    “The meetings, he said on Twitter, were to discuss “Iran’s expansion in the Middle East and Syria.”

    Below is the Netanyahu testimony on the Iraq war, at CSPAN. scholars who described the neocons-for-Israel agenda in their landmark 2006 paper The Israel Lobby. – Excerpt: “If you take out Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region… The task and the great opportunity and challenge is not merely to effect the ouster of the regime, but also to transform the region.”

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4529120/netanyahus-expert-testimony-iraq-2002

    Zionist Tom Friedman on Iraq
    http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z2MWNwfGNno

    Israel got its war. And Iran won it.
    Israel thought the locals would stay weak forever

  5. Ossinev
    April 25, 2018, 3:18 pm

    @Mag
    Good link to the Yahoo in action in his pre-cartoon days.Kudos to John Tierney for putting him on the spot and effectively nailing him. No mention of Saudi Arabia during the “expert” evidence. I wonder why ?
    “Fifteen of the 19 hijackers of the four airliners who were responsible for 9/11 originated from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt, and one from Lebanon. Osama bin Laden was born and educated in Saudi Arabia”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-sponsored_terrorism.

    Of course in the Yahoo`s eyes Afghanistan,Iraq,Libya and now Syria will always be success stories as the US and Western European countries are happily and pathetically footing the bill in terms of financial cost and in terms of dead and wounded doing his dirty work in destabilising those regional nations who represent a threat to his poor,virtually defenceless,eternally victimised Ziocolony.

    • Maghlawatan
      April 25, 2018, 5:57 pm

      I have been reading Haaretz for a long time and one article I remember from early 2000s was about the collapse of a wedding hall in West Jerusalem. 5 people died and Haaretz went into national mourning which can often be a very interesting insight into how countries work. And the op ed stated that Israeli culture was short termist, unprofessional, complacent and lacking in accountability. It is covered up by US military aid

      The same thing when the bridge over the Yarkon collapsed during the Maccabiah Games whenever it was. the bridge was subcontracted to someone who had never built a bridge before but he was cheaper. A few australian Jews died.

      Again in 2011 when the Carmel fire happened 40 people died. the responsible minister was Sephardi Orthodox and people who asked what he had been doing were accused of anti sephardism. FFS.
      Israelis shaft weaker Israelis all the time.
      There is phrase in Hebrew that encapsulates the risk taking of Israelis. Smoch alai means “you can depend on me” (or “trust me”).

      The Occupation in 1967 was smoch alai. Netanyahu is 50% smoch alai and 50% sociopath,
      Israelis are shit at tail risk.
      The Iraq war had so much of it. Israel empowered Iran. WTF.

  6. inbound39
    April 25, 2018, 5:22 pm

    Lieberman should get no say in what the American Government chooses to do. If Israel has a problem with Iran let Israel and its military deal with it.

  7. Ossinev
    April 26, 2018, 7:18 am

    The Moldovan bouncer is now threatening Russia:
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-may-hit-russian-systems-in-syria-defense-minister-warns-putin-1.6027919
    Putin must be terrified and the Russian people will soon be begging him not to further upset mighty Zioland.

  8. Kay24
    April 26, 2018, 8:04 am

    With a record of breaking international laws, and going into other nations (using stolen passports from other nations as well) to assassinate scientists, and Arab activists, who believes the zionists justification for yet another assassination, this time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/hamas-engineer-killed-in-malaysia-negotiated-arms-deals-with-koreans-1.6030971

  9. Marnie
    April 26, 2018, 10:00 am

    The portrait of herr lieberman is the stuff of nightmares – in other words Katie – spot on.

  10. James Michie
    April 26, 2018, 10:27 am
    • Maghlawatan
      April 26, 2018, 10:36 am

      Israel is a complete mess. Likud has been in charge more or less since 1977

      https://www.haaretz.com/1.5045834
      “It’s heartbreaking, but the State of Israel is no longer democratic. We are living in an ethnocracy under “Jewish and democratic” rule. In 1970 it was decided that in Israel religion and nationality are one and the same (that is why we are not listed in the Population Registry as Israelis, but as Jews). In 1992 it was determined in the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Liberty that Israel is a “Jewish state.” There is no mention in
      this law of the promise that appears in the state’s formative document, the Declaration of Independence, to the effect that “The State of Israel will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or sex.” The Knesset ratified the law nonetheless. And so there is a “Jewish state” and no “equality of rights.””

  11. Misterioso
    April 26, 2018, 10:41 am

    https://mailchi.mp/a72052cf50b0/protection-of-civilians-weekly-report-4-18-april-544149?e=42115da045

    “OCHA, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Occupied Palestinian Territories”

    Jerusalem, April 26/18

    EXCERPT:
    “Today, the Humanitarian Fund for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt HF) announced the release of US$ 2.2 million to address urgent humanitarian needs resulting from the massive rise in Palestinian casualties in the Gaza Strip.

    “’Over the course of four Fridays of demonstrations, far more Palestinians have been injured in the Gaza Strip than in the preceding three years combined’ said the Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick. ‘This staggering rise has had a catastrophic impact on the already-struggling Gaza health sector, and is worsened by violence against health staff providing first aid in the field and the difficulties facing some patients in accessing urgently-needed care outside of Gaza.’

    “Since 30 March 2018, Israeli forces have killed 40 Palestinians in Gaza, mostly in the context of demonstrations. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, 5,511 Palestinians have been wounded during the Gaza demonstrations, of whom 1,499 were hospitalized in governmental hospitals following injury by live ammunition.”

  12. Maghlawatan
    April 26, 2018, 4:33 pm

    (October 4, 2004) Haaretz

    “In Herzl’s utopian 1902 novel Altneuland, or Old-New Land, the Jewish state of the future is a technologically sophisticated, economically vital, religiously tolerant society of equal rights for Arabs as well as Jews, who have built a Third Temple in West Jerusalem.

    More than a century after Herzl’s book appeared, Israel is still very much a work in progress. It is a troubled young country with deep roots both in the East and the West, a nation which has seldom been at peace, either with its neighbors or with itself. ”

    The Likud have destroyed Zionism
    Wallahi al atheem

  13. James Canning
    April 26, 2018, 7:11 pm

    Just what we need: a Zionist fanatic, pressing Trump to bring the US into war with Iran.

  14. biggerjake
    April 30, 2018, 9:38 am

    Would it be bad to wish that Lieberman’s forehead encounters 3.5 grams of hot lead travelling at 3,240 feet per second during his US visit?

    After all, that is what he has been giving unarmed Palestinian children and reporters in Gaza…

    Just sayin….

    • eljay
      April 30, 2018, 10:09 am

      || biggerjake: Would it be bad to wish that Lieberman’s forehead encounters 3.5 grams of hot lead travelling at 3,240 feet per second during his US visit? … ||

      I’d prefer:
      – to see him be the first of many Israeli officials tried for Israel’s on-going (war) crimes; and
      – not to see him become a Jewish supremacist (Zionist) martyr.

      • biggerjake
        April 30, 2018, 2:44 pm

        eljay
        “I’d prefer:
        – to see him be the first of many Israeli officials tried for Israel’s on-going (war) crimes; and
        – not to see him become a Jewish supremacist (Zionist) martyr.”

        Would he still be considered a martyr if he was convicted and hung?

      • eljay
        April 30, 2018, 3:01 pm

        || biggerjake: … Would he still be considered a martyr if he was convicted and hung? ||

        Dunno, but hopefully a fair trial and an appropriate sentence (not sure if hanging is one such sentence) would reduce the likelihood of people believing him to be something other than a (war) criminal.

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