"If you read the Hebrew dailies (which I
do not), you can often see within front-page inches of each other two
articles about Lieberman: one about his intentions as foreign minister;
the other about how he is scrambling to evade arrest. The fact is that
he is a thug in personal demeanor and a thug in political belief. He
is, as I have already written,
a Jewish neo-fascist who deliberately enrages Israeli Arabs rather than
engages them. Now, engaging them is not a simple matter, and their
political leadership is mostly made up of reckless agitators who are
also not enrolled in the project of engagement. Yet the very future of
the Jewish commonwealth depends on some amity and comity with its Arab
citizens. Think about Lieberman's vulgar trick to require of them a
loyalty oath. The loyalty of immigrant Muslims in European countries
is fast becoming a matter of concern. But Israel's Arabs are not
immigrants. And they will not be emigrants," - Marty Peretz.
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