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When not being feted by the New York’s ostensibly liberal mayor, Avigdor Lieberman also found time to address Russian Jews in Brooklyn where he said Israel may soon have a “Russian-speaking prime minister”:

“Only in Israel could the likes of MK Yuli Edelstein or Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky rise to their positions,” Lieberman said to a crowd at a synagogue in Brighton Beach, the heart of the Russian immigrant enclave in southern Brooklyn, which is also known as “Little Odessa.” “Only in Israel, can a young Russian immigrant arrive and in 20 years become foreign minister. Soon we may have a Russian-speaking prime minister,” he added. Hosted by the Russian American Jewish Experience, the American Forum of Russian Jewry, the Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations, the Russian American Foundation and the World Zionist Organization, the event was open to the public and held at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach, which serves as both an Orthodox synagogue and community center. As the audience waited for the speaker to arrive, local Russian community leaders introduced Lieberman with long flowery speeches, describing him as a fearless leader of Israel – where “rockets continue to fall and kill innocent civilians” – and invoking such historical events as the Spanish Inquisition, the pogroms and Israel’s wars. Lieberman, as one would expect, was received quite well – somewhat like a celebrity returning to his hometown – in this modest synagogue with its scratched wooden pews and fading carpet. His audience ranged from teenagers to war veterans, with faces and accents originating everywhere from Lvov to Tashkent to St. Petersburg, Tblisi and Simferopol. The minister arrived after a speaking engagement in Manhattan, and seemed to breathe easier when speaking in Russian: “After all the presentations, in New York and later in Washington, the best is always here in Brooklyn, in Brighton Beach, with one’s own landsmen. The knowledge of your support, regardless of the ocean between us, is so dear to us in Israel.”

 

The meeting was of course closed to the press.

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    April 7, 2014, 11:30 am

    “Only in Israel could the likes of MK Yuli Edelstein or Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky rise to their positions,”

    They’d be in prison anywhere else.
    Sharansky is such an asshole. Spent years moaning about Soviet imprisonment but ignores the Palestinians in Israel’s jails.
    Entitlement.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      April 7, 2014, 11:42 am

      When you’ve got the refusenik credentials of Natan Sharansky and Yuli Edelstein, maybe someone will take the nonsense you say seriously.

      • Donald
        Donald
        April 7, 2014, 12:02 pm

        “When you’ve got the refusenik credentials of Natan Sharansky and Yuli Edelstein, maybe someone will take the nonsense you say seriously.”

        I needed an example even you could understand, so I looked it up–Robert Mugabe spent ten years as a political prisoner. So by your “logic” hophmi, nobody who hasn’t done the same can criticize Mugabe’s human rights record for its lack of consistency. And no, I’m not equating Sharansky with Mugabe, just pointing out the obvious fact that people who suffer political persecution can turn right around and become persecutors.

      • puppies
        puppies
        April 7, 2014, 12:11 pm

        Anatoly Sharansky is a criminal to be hounded internationally.

      • talknic
        talknic
        April 7, 2014, 12:15 pm

        @hophmi When a state has hundreds of UNSC resolutions giving it the opportunity to abide by the binding laws and conventions those resolutions reaffirm and emphasize and it continues to break the law, why would anyone in their right mind believe a word it or the supporters of its illegal actions say?

      • eljay
        eljay
        April 7, 2014, 12:42 pm

        >> When you’ve got the refusenik credentials of Natan Sharansky and Yuli Edelstein, maybe someone will take the nonsense you say seriously.

        I wonder how seriously hophmeee takes all those Palestinian refuseniks who were or currently still are victims of the supremacist “Jewish State’s” system of imprisonment and/or torture. Probably not very seriously. He is, after all, a Zio-supremacist.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        April 7, 2014, 1:41 pm

        “When you’ve got the refusenik credentials of Natan Sharansky and Yuli Edelstein, maybe someone will take the nonsense you say seriously.”

        LMAO. When Anatoly and Yuli-Yoel work toward the liberty and freedom of Mordechai Vanunu, who is at the very least the modern-day equivalent of the refusniks, then we can take anything those hypocrites say seriously.

      • a blah chick
        a blah chick
        April 7, 2014, 2:05 pm

        Sharansky is an idiot, herein the evidence:

        “If a person cannot walk into the middle of the town square and express his or her views without fear of arrest, imprisonment, or physical harm, then that person is living in a fear society, not a free society. We cannot rest until every person living in a “fear society” has finally won their freedom.”

        So for him freedom is not about laws or if you can vote or what rights you have, it’s simply whether you can act the fool in public and have the police ignore you. That is about THE stupidest definition for democracy I have ever heard.

      • puppies
        puppies
        April 7, 2014, 5:45 pm

        @blah chick – at any rate, as Jewish Agency Chairman, his job is officially to deny any non-“Jews” all essential rights, especially if they are the owners of the place instead of a Vladivostok-born illegal alien like him.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        April 7, 2014, 3:31 pm

        Sharansky is a hypocrite and an asshole.

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        April 7, 2014, 5:02 pm

        :-)) yup !!

  2. Krauss
    Krauss
    April 7, 2014, 11:41 am

    Someone should have asked him when he thought Israel could get an Arabic-speaking PM(who had Arabic as his or her mother tongue) in addition to a Russian-speaking one.

    I would have paid a small sum to see his face.

  3. pabelmont
    pabelmont
    April 7, 2014, 12:06 pm

    They are both so sweet! Cuddly!

    Oh, dear, but Krauss has expressed a complementary POV. Yes, it would be wonderful to see all their sun-shiny faces if an Arabic-speaking PM of Israel (or president of USA, for that matter) were to emerge. In Israel, such a speaker might well be an older Sephardi! I’ve always been partial to the idea of Jewish Arabs (in and out of Israel).

    • puppies
      puppies
      April 7, 2014, 12:14 pm

      @Pabelmont – Sefardis are Spanish speakers. Arab Jews have different designations, but Sefardi is not among them. It has been stuck on them by the Zionist operation.

      • pabelmont
        pabelmont
        April 7, 2014, 7:20 pm

        puppies — sorry, but “Sefardi” is the only word I know for Jews from Morocco and other Arabic-speaking countries, generally used in contrast to “Ashkenazi” (Polish, Russian, German). I can well believe, as you say, that the word was twisted by those who have managed the discourse — of course, always happens. But Spanish speakers — after 1492? Maybe some are speakers of Ladino.

      • puppies
        puppies
        April 7, 2014, 8:21 pm

        @Pabelmont – Spanish speakers, for the precision 15th Century Castilian, no maybe Ladino. And yes, Arab Jews call themselves otherwise, most commonly called Mizrahi by others, too. And the “contrast” to Ashkenazi in a single word is a Zionist maneuver. That it always happens is not a good reason to let it pass because it camouflages contradictions –as if there was one big happy “Jewish” family. The group the Sefardi have comfortably mixed with are the Romaniotes (the Greeks –unfortunately not many left after the war.)

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        April 8, 2014, 10:47 am

        Pabelmont

        What about Mizrahim ?
        I think it must mean “sane’ as opposed to Ashkenazim which is highly correlated with “paranoid”.

    • Walid
      Walid
      April 7, 2014, 4:28 pm

      “… or (Arabic-speaking) president of USA, for that matter”

      Ralph Nader tried 5 times. People didn’t buy into it.

      • pabelmont
        pabelmont
        April 7, 2014, 7:23 pm

        Hmmm, wonder if Ralph occasionally are oil, lebanee, and zatar on pita for breakfast?

      • Walid
        Walid
        April 9, 2014, 1:14 am

        Most probably does, pabelmont, zaatar to Arabs is soul food.

  4. Woody Tanaka
    Woody Tanaka
    April 7, 2014, 12:36 pm

    “New York’s ostensibly liberal mayor,”

    DeBlasio is no liberal. A PEP, maybe, but that’s just another word for a hypocrite.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      April 8, 2014, 10:50 am

      The bots must be more odious than Tammany Hall at this stage.

  5. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    April 7, 2014, 2:00 pm

    “Only in Israel could the likes of MK Yuli Edelstein or Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky rise to their positions,”

    Isn’t this called the Peter Principle.

  6. Little_Shih_Tzu
    Little_Shih_Tzu
    April 7, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Is Mayor De Blasio the most nauseating and obsequious philo-semite on the NY political scene since the late Senator Moynihan? Really, how does this guy look in the mirror and not feel abject disgust at his shameless pandering?

    As our british friends are wont to say – sick-making.

  7. biorabbi
    biorabbi
    April 7, 2014, 7:36 pm

    Little Shi Tzu, I totally agree. De Blasio is obviously a lover of the Jewish people and Israel; I love the mayor.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      April 8, 2014, 10:49 am

      Money will solve most problems. But whores never proclaim money as love.

  8. just
    just
    April 7, 2014, 9:38 pm

    Up next– a big gala in celebration of Pollard, hosted by De Blasio.

  9. Kay24
    Kay24
    April 8, 2014, 12:57 am

    It is sickening, isn’t it, that one of the first things an US elected official does, is pay homage to Israel, become a defender of Israel, support any of it’s crimes, and kiss up to despised Israeli officials like Lieberman? It is also disgusting that newly elected Congress members are given an all expenses paid, junket trip to dear Israel, by AIPAC, and that they have been known to get drunk, and even swim nude in the Dead Sea.
    What can’t an organized mafia like alien lobby do in the US, after it has US officials dancing like mindless puppets, when they jerk their strings?

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