Liberman's latest 'slip-up:' Hamas has advanced cruise missiles

Former DM Avigdor Liberman revealed restricted security information - Hamas has attained advanced cruise missiles and cluster bombs.

Eitan Divinsky ,

Avidgor Liberman
Avidgor Liberman
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In another apparent "slip-of-the-tongue," Former Defense Minister MK Avigdor Liberman of Yisrael Beyteinu revealed in a Knesset speech that Hamas has attained advanced cruise missiles and cluster bombs.

"Hamas has managed to attain cruise missiles and cluster bombs. Netanyahu and Gantz are using censorship to hide this from the public. The residents of the south are being abandoned by the government," said Liberman.

MK Shlomo Karai of the Likud responded, accusing Liberman of "trading in Israel's security for cheap politics," and called him a "disgrace."

Liberman has clashed with Karai on a number of occasions in the past including a Knesset session in August of this year when the Yisrael Beyteinu chair referred to the Likud MK as a "foreign transplant" for siding with representatives of the haredi factions.

During a spat from the Knesset plenum, Liberman told Karai: "For you, the bullies' covenant is La Familia. You have no idea who Jabotinsky was, or of Beitar's ethos. You're a foreign transplant. Your place is in Shas, you were one of Eli Yishai's people and by coincidence you realized your path to Shas was closed off, so you ended up with the Likud."

Liberman has also disclosed sensitive security data in the past years, accusing Netanyahu or other members of the government of covering up information from the Israeli public.

In February, the Yisrael Beyteinu Chairman claimed Netanyahu had promised Jordan's King Abdullah II not to annex the Jordan Valley.

Speaking at a Shabbatarbut (political and cultural forums that take place on the Sabbath) event in Holon, Liberman said: "I found out a few days ago that despite all the rumors about Israel annexing the Jordan Valley, Netanyahu has informed King Abdullah: 'Don't worry, it's just elections, annexation won't take place.'"

Liberman added that "The Prime Minister used the security apparatus to convey the message."

The Likud claimed Liberman's allegations were a political ploy in their own right. "This is a complete lie - such a thing never took place. The Prime Minister will apply sovereignty, while the chairman of Yisrael Beyteinu holds hands with the Joint Arab List. His outrageous lies have crossed every red line," stated the party.

Liberman responded at the time: "Such a quick and rushed response only proves this is true. Netanyahu personally sent a message to Abdullah via the defense system - 'I won't do it.'"

Earlier in the same week, Liberman shocked the country when he revealed in an interview with "Meet the Press" details of a secret visit to Qatar by the Mossad chief and Head of Southern Command, which took place just two weeks prior to his announcement.

Information regarding the trip was supposed to be maintained a top secret, and its disclosure can be constituted as a serious censorship violation.

To add to the list of Liberman's apparent "slip-ups," while serving as the country's Defense Minister, he revealed the quantity of IDF personnel in a live online lecture.



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