Fresh from trying, and failing, to convince American Jews that Sarah Palin and John Hagee should be our guiding lights, Joe Lieberman’s decided to hop across the pond for a photo op with Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who seems to be auditioning for the role of Foreign Minister. Who’s Lieberman? I still don’t think there’s any better way to make the point than to quote Martin Peretz who deems him a “certified bigot and and apparent crook”. Or, in an earlier post “the Israeli equivalent of Jorg Haider of Austria (now dead) and Jean-Marie LePen . . . no better than Haider and no worse, except that he is a Jew which makes him more repulsive . . . team of non-entities . . . Arab-baiting.”
Obviously, given those kind of sentiments from even very hawkish and anti-Arab American Jews, sensible Israelis are going to wonder about the possible impact of the Liebermanification of their national security posture on U.S. public opinion. And rightly so. But here’s Joe Lieberman going out of his way to pre-empt those fears. And why? Coalition negotiations are ongoing in Israel. There’s some debate as to whether or not the U.S. ought to intervene behind the scenes to try to nudge things in a more centrist direction. I can see the arguments on both sides of that, but why on earth would a U.S. politician intervene to nudge things in a less centrist direction? It’s ludicrous.