Israeli FM Scolds UN Chief for Arguing Against Invasion of Gaza

Lieberman argued such talk only serves to bolster Hamas

by John Glaser, November 20, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman scolded the United Nations Secretary General for advocating against an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, arguing such talk bolsters Hamas.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Israel as part of an international diplomatic push aimed at bringing Israel and Hamas to a cease-fire.

Hamas, through Egypt, has offered a proposal for a ceasefire and a long term truce, but it has been ignored by Israel. “The truce is now held up because we are waiting for the Israeli side to respond,” Hamas official Ezzat al-Rishq.

Lieberman’s suggestion that the Secretary General of the United Nations – whose position exists to help prevent war between nations – shouldn’t argue against an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza because it ‘helps the terrorists’ has to be the most vacuous attempt at speech-control yet in this conflict.

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