Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Legitimising Lieberman

Israel's aggressively far-right foreign minister epitomises deeply ingrained trends – what was once outlawed is now acceptable

Antony Lerman, Tuesday 4 August 2009

"Avigdor Lieberman is no aberration in Israel's polity. His aggressive rightwing Zionist rhetoric, racist demonisation of Palestinians and Arab-Israelis, shameless political populism and the tide of corruption allegations now close to engulfing him are all depressingly and dangerously familiar features of a broken system. The immigrant from Moldova has brilliantly exploited and contributed to the fracturing of politics in the state – but anyone who thinks his removal from the governmental scene will signal some sea change is sadly mistaken. The trends Lieberman represents and epitomises are deeply ingrained. Netanyahu is midwife and child of them, too......"

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