Daily Israel Report

Lieberman Compares Abbas Rhetoric to Goebbels

Foreign Minister unimpressed by latest Abbas interview. "We should hear what he says in Arabic – the hateful slander."
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/4/2012, 8:31 PM

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
AFP/File

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke disparagingly Sunday about Mahmoud Abbas's latest interview, in which the Palestinian Authority chairman sounded moderate and accommodating.

"I heard Abu Mazen's interview in English yesterday," Lieberman told a forum of deputy authority heads, referring to Abbas by his informal "kunya" name. "We should listen to what he says in Arabic. The hatred, the vitriol. There is what he says in English, and there is what he says in Arabic.

"Abu Mazen spoke less than two months ago at the UN assembly and uttered hateful slander that one could only read in Goebbels' Der Sturmer... I remember that he met terrorists who were responsible for attacks at the Park Hotel, at the Sbarro restaurant in Jerusalem, and he spoke of them as heroes. Then he mumbles something in English on Israeli television and it's as if everything has changed, and he never said anything before this.

"If someone wants to be naïve, it's his right. If someone wants to commit suicide – let him. But we cannot ignore what happened," said Lieberman.

"We left Lebanon, down to the last millimeter," said Lieberman. "We left Gaza, down to the last millimeter. We received neither peace nor security."