Posted on 18. Oct, 2010 by Nathaniel Bacon
in Europe News
, Israel & Jewish Issues
Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman of the hard-right nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, has bluntly told the foreign ministers of Spain and France to fix problems in Europe before telling Israel what to do, according to reports in the local press.
“Solve your own problems in Europe before you come to us with complaints. Maybe then I will be open to accepting your suggestions,” he told France’s Bernard Kouchner and Spain’s Miguel Angel Moratinos at a dinner on Sunday evening (10 October) in Jerusalem.
Mr Lieberman said that after Europe had solved conflicts in the Caucasus as well as the ongoing disputes over Cyprus and Kosovo, then the Jewish state “will listen to your advice,” reports the conservative Jerusalem Post.
He also suggested that Europe is sacrificing Israel the way it abandoned Czechoslovakia in 1939.
“In 1938 Europe placated Hitler, sacrificing Czechoslovakia instead of supporting it, and gained nothing from it,” he said, according to Haaretz, the left-leaning Israeli daily.
“We will not be the Czechoslovakia of 2010, we will stand up for Israel’s vital interests.”