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Monday, April 04, 2022 

Avigdor Liberman draws moral equivalence between Russia and Ukraine

To show how ambiguous and divided the Israeli government in its current incarnation really is, the now insufferable Liberman, who's had questionable acts on his resume in the past, refuses to condemn Russia for over its atrocities in Bucha, Ukraine:
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman refused to outright condemn alleged Russian atrocities in Bucha and other cities surrounding Kyiv, stating on Monday that Israel must uphold both its values and its own interests amid the ongoing war.

Ukrainian officials said Sunday that the bodies of more than 400 civilians were found in towns around the capital, Kyiv, that were recaptured from Russian forces, calling the killings evidence of genocide.

In Bucha, northwest of the capital, Associated Press journalists saw 21 bodies. One group of nine, all in civilian clothes, were scattered around a site that residents said Russian troops used as a base. They appeared to have been shot at close range. At least two had their hands tied behind their backs.

“There are difficult images, and we all condemn all war crimes,” Liberman told Army Radio on Monday morning, adding, however, that “this is about mutual accusations.”

Liberman, a native of Moldova, noted that Russia has called for a UN Security Council meeting over the situation in Bucha and has accused “Ukrainian radicals” of a “blatant provocation” in the city outside Kyiv.

“Russia is blaming Ukraine and Ukraine is blaming Russia,”
he said. “We condemn, but really what we need to understand is that there is a bloody war and we must, on the one hand, maintain Israel’s moral position and on the other hand preserve the interests of the State of Israel.”

Amid the war between Russia and Ukraine, Liberman said, “I support first of all Israeli interests,” alluding to Israel’s good relations with both countries, as well as the Russian army’s presence in Syria, and noting his greater concern with the ongoing Iran nuclear talks in Vienna.

In an interview later Monday with Kan public radio, Liberman said Israel has “an obligation to condemn all murder of innocent civilians.” However, he claimed, “the Israeli media ignores all the threats against the State of Israel,” citing statements from Iran while “Hezbollah and Hamas are producing missiles and rockets and Hamas is digging tunnels — I haven’t heard any condemnation in the world of that.”
While worries about Iran are entirely valid, ditto the Hamas evil, Liberman's moral equivalence was uncalled for, and it was disgusting he was letting political correctness get in the way. He didn't have to make such comments at all. The result is causing Ukraine's ambassador to take offense:
In response to Liberman’s comments, Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk said the finance minister could visit Bucha and see firsthand the atrocities in the city.

“I invite Mr. Liberman to come to Ukraine. We will take him with a convoy to Bucha and to other places where he can see for himself the bodies of civilians and meet the women who were tied up and raped,” Korniychuk said in a statement. “Maybe then he will know what happened.”
Just like is the case with Iran and Hamas, this too is very serious. Liberman's just demonstrated he's got nothing more than a big mouth, and zero understanding of communications.

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