Newsweek refers to Avigdor Lieberman as “Israel’s most popular politician,” but then calls him its “far-right” foreign minister. He is indeed, but since he is also — in his words — “the mainstream,” it’s time the American mainstream media desist from portraying him as being on the political fringe.
Lieberman is a mainstream politician in a far-right country.
Racism has been normalized in what should now be universally recognized as a racist state — Israel cannot claim to be nor should be characterized by others as a liberal democratic state. Were it such, Lieberman could not possibly have risen this far.
Lieberman talks about his plan to strip at least 10 percent of Israelis of their citizenship:
You’re talking about drawing a line so that how many Israeli Arabs will no longer be part of Israel?
At least half.
Polls suggest that 90 percent or more of Israeli Arabs don’t want that.
You have 20 percent of the population that’s the Arab minority. You have 80 percent that’s Jewish. From 80 percent of the Jewish population, 70 percent support this idea.
So even if a resident of [the Israeli Arab town] Umm al-Fahm, for instance, doesn’t want to become part of Palestine, if a majority in the country says he has to, he has no choice?
He can continue to live in his property, his house, his land [and become a citizen of Palestine], or he can move to Israel.