Liberman's Mouthpiece: Netanyahu a Soviet Despot

Netanyahu is Brezhnev according to Yisrael Beytenu's Russian-language journal - and Lapid has doubled vodka prices.

Ari Yashar ,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Less than two weeks to the March 17 elections, the Russian-language mouthpiece of Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu party, entitled "Our Newspaper," took shots at all of Liberman's opponents, including his erstwhile ally Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

In the article, which was written by an unnamed author and translated by Yedioth Aharonoth, Liberman's paper slammed Netanyahu even though Yisrael Beytenu in the last elections ran on a joint list with Likud.

The article compared Netanyahu to Leonid Brezhnev, the despot who ruled the Soviet Union from 1964 until his death in 1982, and who is said to be viewed in a highly negative light among Russian immigrants to Israel

"Netanyahu is ending his third term as prime minister," Liberman's paper wrote. "In a democratic state you don't sit so long in a position. In Israel there's no limit on the length of term of the prime minister. In other positions there are limits."

Continuing the vitriolic assault on Liberman's former ally, the paper continued "what has he done in the position in the recent period? ...Every politician has an expiration date, and Netanyahu's has expired. Where is he leading the state - we already know. Netanyahu is turning into the Israeli Brezhnev."

Liberman's journal then turned its sights on Naftali Bennett's Jewish Home, saying that party is "controlled" by rabbis. "He was appointed by them to attract the votes of secular Israelis. Without secular support, Jewish Home won't succeed in creating a halakhic (Jewish legal) state."

"Voting for Bennett is to support fundamentalist Israelis who are foreign to us and dangerous to our state," claimed the article.

The article also made fun of Yair Lapid, ridiculing his appointment as finance minister despite his lack of higher education. "The only thing he did...is raising almost by double the prices of vodka," complained the Russian-language journal.

Labor party head Yitzhak Herzog was rejected out of hand, with the article noting "it's enough to see Buji Herzog once to understand that this person is in politics only because he's the son of former President Chaim Herzog."

"Only a person who doesn't have self-respect will support Herzog," it added, before moving on to the haredi parties with harsh words, praising how the last coalition didn't include them and condemning how they likely will be part of the next Netanyahu coalition.

So who to vote for?

You guessed it, the paper solidly backs Liberman, saying "he doesn't have the tiredness of Bibi (Netanyahu). He is full of ideas, energy and power."

"He's the only one who comes with a clear plan, the Liberman plan, and aside from that he's one of us," it argues.

That plan calls to give massive parts of Israel to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in establishing a state for them, including land swaps of areas even outside of Judea and Samaria.



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