Israel’s foreign minister would be well served by a beginner’s course in using Google to search the Internet before accusing the international community of hypocrisy.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected calls for an investigation into the killings of two Palestinian teenagers. Perhaps unbeknownst to the foreign minister, the IDF had already launched an investigation into the killings, with the urging of his colleague, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein.
Or perhaps Liberman knew full well that the U.S. and UN were simply calling for Israel to do what it was already doing, but it touched on Israel’s national pet peeve and the likely cause of 99 percent of road rage: being called out in public.
With that in mind, Liberman went on to call out the international community for what he deemed its hypocrisy.
“I am sad to see that these demands are not made regarding other incidents. In Syria, 170,000 people have already been killed, and I have not seen any active efforts on the part of the international community to investigate the murders,” he said.
But it gets better. Liberman noted, “Hamas executed two civilians in the Gaza Strip, without a lawyer and without a trial. I did not see any demands from the international community to investigate that issue.”
Okay. Let’s back up a second. You, the foreign minister of the self-described “only democracy in the Middle East,” wants to be held to the same standards and measures of accountability as a group that you, the United States and others define as a terrorist organization? The same group that, just by association, taints otherwise acceptable diplomatic partners? Okay. Let’s do that.
Perhaps just as amusing as Liberman’s hypocritical accusations of hypocrisy, however, is the Israel Hayom article I quoted to bring you this story.
As a small experiment, let’s delete everything but the first and last sentences:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday rejected international calls for Israel to investigate the apparent shooting deaths of two Palestinians during a riot in the West Bank town of Beitunia last week. The IDF’s investigation into the incident will be presented to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Thursday.