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Daybreak: Lieberman on a Hot Spot

Plus Sheikh Jarrah tense, and more in the news

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Lieberman speaking yesterday.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

• Foreign Minister Lieberman’s U.N. speech contradicted Prime Minister Netanyahu in saying peace would take decades. “The prime minister told us that there are difficult politics on his side, and this is perhaps a manifestation,” said a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson. [NYT]

• Shmuel Rosner says Netanyahu should fire Lieberman, as do others, while also acknowledging he can’t. [Rosner’s Domain]

• Given an earlier court ruling, eviction notices for Arabs living in the East Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood threaten to come every day and topple the peace process. [LAT]

• In his first speech as British Labor Party leader, Ed Miliband traced his desire to aid society’s lower rungs to his parents’ having needed to escape the Nazis. [Haaretz]

• Former cardiologist writes pork cookbook. In Israel. Hey, it happens. [NYT]

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Lieberman is right and this would the best thing for Israel and Palestine. Why would the same people who want Jews pulled out of their homes if Israel withdraws from settlements would not agree if the same thing may happen to Israel’s Arabs. The double standard is so prevalent, it would lead one to believe that those who take umbrage with Lieberman feels all Israelis need to be removed from the Middle East. And that is not happening.

Marty Janner says:

Leiberman is the reinvention of Kahane!
Enuf said……

Lieberman is not politically correct, but he is probably more realistic than most. To have a real peace (not just a paper one) would take at least a couple of generations during which time confidence building measures are gradually put into place and “hate” stops being taught to young children. Then territorial and population exchange – population separation – would help avoid problems in the future. His proposals are much neater solutions to the current imbroglio.

Why all this noise? Historically many countries did the same thing (transfer of territory together with its population) but I don’t hear any complain about them what so ever. Our country did it when we bought Alaska from Russia without asking residents of that territory if they want to be Americans or not but I never read anybody calling Mr. Seward a fascist or Liberman’s spiritual father. Population of Alsace had been transfered between France and Germany several times in the past 100 years. Nobody cares. Why only for Israel this is bad thing to do?

I bet that for 99.99% of people who knew about the transfer of Alaska from one country to another the thought that something was done wrong to the residents of that territory never even crossed their mind. Why does it cross only when Israel wants to do the same thing?


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