Friday, 6 February 2009

Nick Clegg, Israeli Style

Current polls, according to t'Graun, place Avigdor Lieberman's party as 3rd largest in the Knesset after the election.

Have you heard of this guy? Sample quotes:

To Wasil Taha, an Arab Israeli MP, in the Knesset:

"You are a representative of terrorist organisations in the parliament of Israel. It's too bad the Hamas doesn't take care of you. They would do it right. In any other country they would have already indicted you in a military court for treachery."

On Arab Israeli MPs who talk to Hamas:

"The second world war ended with the Nuremberg trials and the execution of the Nazi leadership. Not only them, but also those who collaborated with them. I hope that will also be the fate of the collaborators in this house."

On Israel's Arab minority:

"Israel is under a dual terrorist attack, from within and from without. And terrorism from within is always more dangerous than terrorism from without."

On the two-state solution:

"Israel needs to explain that the demand for a Palestinian state and the refugees' right of return is a cover for radical Islam's attempt to destroy the State of Israel."

Now, as he'll be head of a third party that in the event of a general election that leaves neither of the main parties in direct control, and hence in a position to harness his popularity as a means of gaining influence with the two figures with the largest single shares of the vote, the obvious comparison would be to the Lib Dems. Obviously. I mean, I assume that next year both Cameron and Brown will be seeking to 'ride the Cleggy tiger'.

I wouldn't want to compare this situation to any other place or time. That would be anti-semitic apparently.*

*Once again: I think the best historical analogy for Israel is apartheid South Africa. However, the Israeli government does keep inviting more unfortunate comparisons.

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