Poor Avigdor Lieberman: he “can’t get no respect” from Mahmoud Abbas, who won’t concede that Israel is, and must forever be a Jewish state (regardless of how many non-Jews are citizens):
Lieberman said…that a statement made by Palestinian…President Mahmoud Abbas…that the Palestinians would not agree to recognize a Jewish state, revealed the true nature of the Palestinian move for recognition of statehood in September.
‘The real intention of the Palestinians is not to establish a state that will live in peace alongside Israel but rather the establishment of a state free of Jews in [the West Bank] and the hostile takeover of Israel from within,” Lieberman said.
In actuality, it is Lieberman who wishes to establish a Jewish state of Israel that is free of Arabs (cf. Arabrein). In this February 2006 Wikileaks cable released a few days ago, Lieberman tells the then U.S. ambassador his ‘solution’ to the “Arab problem:”
Lieberman [said] a separation of Israeli Jews from Israeli Arabs must occur…Lieberman said that the roadmap makes a mistake by advocating a two-state solution, wherein Israel retains two peoples within its borders, Jewish and Arab, while the Palestinian state retains only Palestinians. Lieberman asserted that states that are composed of different “nations” continue to experience conflict. The Ambassador noted that the United States maintains its diversity without experiencing such conflict…
Lieberman said that under his proposal, Israel would negotiate a shift in its borders with the West Bank to place Israeli-Arab population centers…in the Palestinian territories, and some Jewish settlement blocs near the Green Line within Israel…Lieberman claimed he has had meetings with Palestinian leaders and that they expressed willingness to consider this type of land swap. In response to the Ambassador’s query, Lieberman said that the actual border would be the result of negotiations with Egypt, Jordan, and the PA. He said that the plan would also require the endorsement of the U.S. and at least one other member of the Quartet. His proposal would “not be a unilateral move,” but one negotiated with “several partners.” He added that Egypt should also be a part of the solution by providing some of its territory to Gaza, which Lieberman described as too densely populated…
Asked about the status of Israeli Arabs living throughout Israel and in mixed cities, Lieberman acknowledged that this is “more complicated.” He advocated that all Israelis be required to take a loyalty oath, and that those who refuse be stripped of their citizenship. Lieberman emphasized that under his proposal, Israeli Jews would also be subjected to the same requirement. Lieberman said that some ultra-Orthodox religious Jews who do not accept Zionism may have a problem with such an oath…Lieberman asserted that “very few” Muslim Arabs…would sign a loyalty oath.
Most of us know the various discreet proposals Lieberman has to “deal” with Israel’s Arabs. The land/border swaps and the loyalty oath. But here for the first time it became clear to me that Lieberman doesn’t just mean to suppress Israeli Palestinians or reduce their population. He actually means to eliminate them virtually entirely, with of course the possibility that there might be a few pockets of “loyal” ones remaining.
So for Lieberman to accuse Abbas of wanting a state free of Jews is laughable in the context of Lieberman’s own views.
Lieberman’s strange notion that nations composed of more than one “people” are of necessity at war with each other is strange. Not only does the U.S. refute this notion. So do Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Canada and numerous other examples. It is true however, that nations composed of more than one people in which one attempts to subjugate the other often end up facing intractable conflict, as Israel has.
I suppose we should be grateful though that Lieberman hasn’t proposed a Biblical solution to the “Arab problem” simply by eliminating any tribe that stands in the way of the Israelites (anyone heard lately of the Moabites, Amalekites or Jebusites?). At least Lieberman is willing to negotiate his way to an Arabrein state.
You’ll notice also that while Lieberman denies his plan is “unilateral,” the one party he’s neglected to mention as one he’d consult for gaining their approval is the Palestinians themselves. Not a word about how he’d gain their consent to this. And isn’t it nice of him to suggest that Egypt give up its own sovereign territory on behalf of Gazans. I was also touched that Lieberman has such a soft spot in his heart for them as to want to offer them more territory to avert their currently overcrowded living conditions. Mighty white of him.
I’m also a bit unclear on how Abbas’ refusal to concede Israel should be an exclusively Jewish state means he wishes to take Israel over from within. When faced with the prospect of eliminating Israeli Palestinians as Lieberman proposes, does the latter think Abbas will leap at the chance to offer his support?