Former defense minister Avigdor Liberman took a hard line Sunday as he launched a no-nonsense election campaign that took aim squarely at what he said were Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security failings.
Displaying a list of security issues on which he and Netanyahu cast opposing votes — among them, Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza, a controversial prisoner exchange deal with Hamas in 2011, an apology to Turkey for the deaths of activists aboard the Mavi Marmara flotilla, and a controversial November ceasefire with Hamas and subsequent measures in recent weeks allowing Qatari funding into Gaza — Liberman said that his party would not “surrender to terror” as he claimed Netanyahu has.
“No flight to Africa can cover up the shame…of Israel’s capitulation to terror,” Liberman said, in a dig at Netanyahu who traveled to Chad on Sunday in to re-establish diplomatic ties after a 47 year hiatus. “Netanyahu was a failure in every area of security. He has failed at deterring Hamas. There is no greater shame than this. We need a leader who doesn’t get confused and surrender,” he said presenting himself and his party as “the most stable” in its views, governance, and functioning.
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