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Israeli FM wants to restrict access to foreign service

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 24, 2009

Israeli ultra-nationalist Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday that he wanted to impose restrictions on those wishing to become career diplomats, a move that would bar most Israeli Arabs.

“All those who wish to join the foreign ministry’s diplomatic training programme must serve in the army or perform the equivalent civil service,” a senior official quoted Lieberman as saying during a meeting at the ministry.

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Tom Segev: Lieberman wrongly stirring scandal over Sweden article

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on August 22, 2009

The diplomatic scandal that Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stirred over the article in the Swedish daily Aftonbladet is wrong since the government of a state that respects the freedom of the press is not responsible for what newspapers publish. That there was a demand for the Swedish government to “condemn” the article in question suggests Lieberman must still be thinking in Soviet terms.

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US urges quick return to Mid-East talks

Posted in 1 by beyondtheborder on June 10, 2009

“We all share an obligation to create the conditions for the prompt resumption and early conclusion of negotiations,” he said in Jerusalem.US relations with Israel are said to be tense since President Barack Obama’s speech to Muslims in Cairo last week.Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is under pressure to back a two-state solution.

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Obama wants Israel to hold parallel talks with Palestinians and Syria

Posted in Israel and the US, US and Palestine by beyondtheborder on April 17, 2009

The Obama administration is preparing a Middle East peace process that will include simultaneous bilateral talks between Israel and the Palestinians, and between Israel and Syria. The plan is based on the Arab peace initiative that offers establishing normal relations between Israel and Arab League states in exchange for withdrawing from the occupied territories and establishing a Palestinian state.

The United States will put together a “security package,” including demilitarization of the territories from which Israel will withdraw and the option of stationing a multinational force in them for years.

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Israeli FM questioned over graft

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009


Lieberman was sworn in as foreign minister on Tuesday

“Avigdor Lieberman was questioned under caution by police today for seven-and-a-half hours on suspicion of carrying out the following: bribery, money laundering and breach of trust,” Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said.

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U.S. pro-Israel lobby wages anti-Lieberman campaign

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

“J Street is deeply concerned about what Avigdor Lieberman’s recent strong showing in Israeli elections, and the key role he is playing as Foreign Minister in the new Israeli government, mean for the U.S.-Israel relationship,” said a statement on the group’s website, urging supporters to sign an open letter and call on Jewish community leaders to “speak out forcefully against Lieberman’s inflammatory platform and rhetoric and stand up for peace, justice and democracy.”

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