At a time when the Harman scandal is focusing attention on the power of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Congress, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is quoted in his very first interview on foreign policy as saying “Believe me, America accepts all our decisions.”
Lieberman claims the country has such a hold on American politics that it would be ideal to “bring the U.S. and Russia closer.”
Lieberman is controversial and caused an outburst last year when he told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a key U.S. ally, to “go to hell.” Sounds ideal for a diplomat in the new Israeli government.
The Lieberman comments come in the same week as National Union Chairman Ya’acov “Ketzele” Katz wrote a letter to remind him “not to forget you’re Jewish.” The letter was prompted by a report that Emmanuel irritated an American Jewish leader by saying “In the next four years, there will be a peace agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it does not matter to us who is the prime minister.”
It is astonishing to see these stories which only fuel objections to the degree of power exercised in Washington by Israel and Israeli lobbyists. It is unclear what these men think they are achieving in such public statements, but it is making things pretty hot in Washington this week.
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