Jeff Barak in The Jerusalem Post: “Ehud Barak’s shameless determination to stay on at the Defense Ministry, even at the expense of destroying the Labor Party and making a mockery of the election results, is diverting attention from a more problematic ministerial appointment: the choice of Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister.”
In J Street’s new poll of American Jewish opinion, they found that “When told about Lieberman’s campaign slogan requiring Arab citizens of Israel to sign loyalty oaths and his threats against Arab Members of Knesset, American Jews opposed these positions by a 69 to 31 margin. One in three believe their own connection to Israel will be diminished, if Lieberman assumes a senior position in the Israeli cabinet.” And Lieberman needs to represent Israel’s interests not just to American Jews, but to Americans of all kinds. And, for that matter, to Egyptians and Jordanians and Turks. It’s extremely difficult to imagine him doing that effectively.