Avigdor Lieberman

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Avigdor Lieberman or אביגדור ליברמן is the Israeli Minister of Strategic Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, and leader of the uber-nationalist Israel Beiteinu ישראל ביתנו ("Our Home Israel") party.

Quotes

  • "I have never heard Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad call for territorial compromises from Israel, but rather for the total and unconditional annihilation of the Jewish state. I have never heard Mahmoud Ahmadinejad call for negotiations between Israel and Palestinians, yet I have heard his repeated calls for wiping Israel off the map. Ahmadinejad's vision for a 'new Middle East' is one void of a Jewish state or any Jews at all." January 2, 2007 Letter to new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Source: Gil Hoffman. "Lieberman Responds to UN Chief." The Jerusalem Post. January 3, 2007.
  • "Ahmadinejad's intentions are clear, and while the free world takes its time, the Iranian president is pressing with his plan to build nuclear weapons. Israel can and will stand alone against Iran, but we shouldn't have to do so. If Iran is allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, the free world will pay a heavy price and Israel will be the first and will pay the heaviest price. But Iran's aggression will not end there." January 2, 2007 Letter to new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Source: n.a. "Lieberman to UN Chief: Expel Iran." Ynetnews and Israelinsider. January 4, 2007. News Article
  • "The source of the conflict here is not territory, it is not occupation, it is not settlers. It is a clash between two peoples and two religions. Anywhere in the world where there are two peoples and two religions, whether it’s the former Yugoslavia or the Caucasus region in Russia or in Northern Ireland, there is conflict. What we have seen in Cyprus is that since they have that model, there is no terror. There is security. There is no peace, but there is security." Source: n.a. "Controversial Hawk Pushes Government to the Right." Israel Today. December 3, 2006. News Article

Background

Lieberman was born on June 5, 1958 in Kishinev, Modova, which was then part of the Soviet Union.

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