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Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman

The U.S. is not happy about the appointment of Israel’s new defense minister, Yisrael Beytenu party chairman Avigdor Liberman, to the coalition government. This became patently obvious at Wednesday State Department briefing (May 25, 2016) in Washington DC after a long round of questions on other topics — most of them about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s misdeeds during her tenure as Secretary of State — when the session was nearly over. There were just a few minutes left, said State Department spokesperson Mark Toner, who seemed almost to be waiting for someone — anyone — to ask the question.

And then finally, the very last one, squeezed in at the final second, a reporter managed to deliver the perfect pitch over home plate. Following is the question — clearly a softball — tossed to the harried spokesperson, who practically leaped to answer it, and his response.

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Q: I know it’s like the fifth day in a row, but at least it’s now formally been announced that Avigdor Lieberman is to be Israel’s defense minister. Do you have any comment on the new Israeli government and his appointment to that job in particular?

Mr. Toner: I do. We have seen reports an agreement’s been reached to expand the coalition.

“We’ve also seen reports from Israel describing it as the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history. And we also know that many of its ministers have said they opposed a two-state solution.

“This raises legitimate questions about the direction it may be headed in – headed in, rather – and what kind of policies it may adopt, but ultimately we’re going to judge this government based on its actions.

“We’re going to work with this government as we have with every Israeli government that preceded it, with the goal of strengthening our cooperation, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to the security of Israel, and in our commitment to working towards a two-state solution.”

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Mark Toner: "…we’re going to judge this government…".
    I have news for you Toner and your boss: You can shove your judgement you know where. Who appointed you to judge other countries anyway?! For the majority of Israelis you are in no position to judge them, even though some leftist Jewboys are bending before you.

  2. "we’re going to judge this government based on its actions."
    ,Really, Mr. Toner?? Judge all you want just don't interfere with another sovereign country's government! The Obama Administration has some chutzpah! True, Israel needs US funding but Israel provides US with countless technology, etc. It's a very fair swap! Israel needs to protect herself regardless of what any country thinks! Israel has already traded too much for so called peace that never happened!

  3. Israel has the right to elect and form any kind of coalition government they want. That's democracy.

    What about Tibet, Mr. Toner? China's shown no sign of relaxing its grip of occupation on that country, a sovereign land that was brutally invaded and occupied by the Chinese Communists. Israel at least has good reason to be on the land that it's on — it was invaded by those countries and so had to take a security buffer. And it gave most of the land back.

    Maybe Mr. Toner should replace the toner in his printer because his thinking is jammed and distorted.

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