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by Jonathan Cook
Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2006 at 1:50 AM
Lieberman wants a president who has the authority to make major legislative changes, even constitutional ones, without having to make the backroom compromises to keep together the coalition governments that characterise Israel's current political system. The president Lieberman has in mind would be more on the lines of an autocratic ruler.
Olmert is apparently sympathetic to Lieberman's plans to change the political system. It is not difficult to understand why.
The furore that briefly flared this week at the decision of Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, to invite Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beiteinu party into the government coalition is revealing, but not in the way most observers assume.
Lieberman, a Russian immigrant, is every bit the populist and racist politician he is portrayed as being. Like many of his fellow politicians, he harbours a strong desire to see the Palestinians of the occupied territories expelled, ideally to neighbouring Arab states or Europe. Lieberman, however, is more outspoken than most in publicly advocating for this position.
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|He always gets into the thick of it
||Cook is a great writer and courageous soul
||Wednesday, Nov. 01, 2006 at 1:54 AM
|Bumping to the top
||Sunday, Nov. 05, 2006 at 2:32 AM
|Gone and back. No defending the indefensible I guess, huh?
||Still waiting for response Tia
||Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2006 at 3:33 AM
|prothetic memories of Zion
||Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2006 at 9:56 AM
|Not a co-religionist
||Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2006 at 8:25 PM
||Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2006 at 10:18 PM
|Lets just ask Lord Locksley, are you Jewish?
||Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2006 at 10:21 PM
|LL doesn't realize
||Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2006 at 1:55 AM
|Yeh, he's truly disgusting
||Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2006 at 4:07 AM
|The Religion of Zion_sm
||Thursday, Nov. 09, 2006 at 9:02 AM
|isn't Robin "special" ? :)
||Thursday, Nov. 09, 2006 at 2:00 PM
|Funny how zionists quote them when they need 'em
||another Jan Egeland quote
||Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 at 5:32 PM
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