Avigdor Lieberman Quotes

 

I’ve always been controversial because I offer new ideas. For me to be controversial, I think this is positive.

 

People can choose between the sweet lie or the bitter truth. I say the bitter truth, but many people don’t want to hear it.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Even between the best of friends, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen.

— Avigdor Lieberman

The dividing line for Yisrael Beiteinu is who supports terror and who fights terror.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Every place in the world where there are two peoples – two religions, two languages – there is friction and conflict.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I think I can hold every portfolio – defense, finance and Foreign Ministry. I think personally I’d like the foreign office.

— Avigdor Lieberman

The security of the citizens of Israel, the future of the state of Israel, this is the Israeli government’s responsibility.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I’ve always been controversial because I offer new ideas. For me to be controversial, I think this is positive.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I think the biggest problem of the 21st century is how to deal with minorities.

— Avigdor Lieberman

When Jews are sacrificed, you have to ask yourself who will be next.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Terrorism attacks Jews, but it targets all countries and Western values. Israel is just an hors d’oeuvre.

— Avigdor Lieberman

We established Israel as a Jewish country. I want to provide an Israel that is a Jewish, Zionist country.

— Avigdor Lieberman

In Israel politics, four years is like 400 years in Europe.

— Avigdor Lieberman

The threats against Israel are growing.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Without any doubt, the Iranian threat is the biggest threat facing the Jewish people since the Second World War.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel never interferes in the domestic issues of any other country. It’s not our matter; it’s not our policy.

— Avigdor Lieberman

It’s their choice, the choice of the people of Gaza, to create the real peace or at least to create conditions of coexistence.

— Avigdor Lieberman

At the end of the day, Americans know that the ones they really can trust, in all the Middle East, it’s only Israel.

— Avigdor Lieberman

It’s impossible always to be with the majority in coalition government, especially when it’s a very complicated coalition.

— Avigdor Lieberman

What I really – and I would like to clarify my position, to topple Hamas. And I think it’s possible to bring reasonable people, moderate people to take power in Gaza Strip.

— Avigdor Lieberman

We see what Hamas, what kind of this organization, how radicals, their ideology, and we see the consequences every day. You know, the rockets on Israel – and I don’t know any other countries that they will accept reality with, every day, rockets on their towns, cities.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s relations with the United States are a cornerstone, and without them, we cannot make our way in the current global climate.

— Avigdor Lieberman

The Swedish government needs to understand that relations in the Middle East are more complicated than a piece of furniture from IKEA that you assemble at home.

— Avigdor Lieberman

It is hard to find a country friendlier to Israel than Canada these days. No other country in the world has demonstrated such a full understanding of us.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Any negotiation on the basis of land for peace is a fatal mistake.

— Avigdor Lieberman

The last thing Israel is interested in is an escalation or some military action against Iran.

— Avigdor Lieberman

For some, I will always be ‘Ivet the Terrible.’

— Avigdor Lieberman

A final agreement between Israel and the Palestinians has to be based on a program of exchange of territory and populations.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Iran can exist without Hamas, but Hamas can’t exist without Iran.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel won’t be secure so long as Hamas is in power, and therefore, we need to come to a decision that we will break the will of Hamas to keep fighting.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel’s behavior when it comes to Egypt is that of a battered wife. Nothing but apologies.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Iran is the base of an axis of evil which is a problem for all the world.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israeli Arabs don’t have to go. But if they stay, they have to take an oath of allegiance to Israel as a Jewish Zionist state.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I will not support any peace deal that will allow the return of even one Palestinian refugee to Israel.

— Avigdor Lieberman

When there is a Palestinian state, it will absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and Lebanon, because these states will simply expel all of these refugees.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Cooperation with the U.S. is the basis on which all Israeli foreign policy is built.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I want the State of Israel to remain a Zionist, Jewish and democratic state. There is nothing ‘far’ or ‘ultra’ about those ideals. I also advocate the creation of a viable Palestinian state.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Although my stance on responsible citizenship made sense to many Israelis, the intelligentsia could not, as you say in English, get their heads around it. ‘Racist’ and ‘fascist’ were the knee-jerk reactions.

— Avigdor Lieberman

In the U.S., those requesting a Green Card must take an oath that they will fulfill the rights and duties of citizenship.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Yisrael Beiteinu has no objection to the nonviolent expression of opinion. It is violent speech that forms a clear and present danger that we refuse to tolerate.

— Avigdor Lieberman

We do not ask Israeli Arabs to share in the Zionist dream. We are asking them to accept that Israel is a Jewish state – the only one in the world.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Hamas is really a problem for the Palestinians and for Egypt more than Israel.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Damascus is the center of world terror. All these organizations, Jihad and Hamas, their headquarters are in Damascus. Syria supports Hezbollah.

— Avigdor Lieberman

In 1999, I established my political party.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Yisrael Beiteinu is a party that puts on the table all the problems that people are afraid to speak about.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel has the right to demand full allegiance from all its citizens.

— Avigdor Lieberman

It is unacceptable that a senator or a representative in the American House of Representatives assist Afghanistan during the war and meet with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda leaders, express his support for their war against the U.S., and be allowed to return to serve in Congress.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Any political process has to secure an improvement in the Palestinians’ quality of life and education. Attempts to bring about a political arrangement before securing peace to the Israelis and economic improvement for the Palestinians are likely to fail.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel has been absent for many years from entire regions in the world.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Nothing has come from this whole ‘peace industry’ except for conferences in five-star hotels and a waste of money.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I’m a settler, and I live in the Judean desert.

— Avigdor Lieberman

It’s impossible to impose peace, only to create it.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Those who think that through concessions they will gain respect and peace are wrong. It’s the other way around; it will lead to more wars.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Those who want peace should prepare for war and be strong.

— Avigdor Lieberman

There is no country that has made as many concessions as Israel. Since 1967, we gave up territory that is three times the size of Israel. We showed willingness.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel is under a dual terrorist attack, from within and from without. And terrorism from within is always more dangerous than terrorism from without.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Al Jazeera has abandoned even the semblance of a credible media outlet, and it broadcasts – both within Gaza and outside it, to the world – anti-Semitic incitement, lies, provocation, and encouragement to terrorists.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Israel cannot afford a war of attrition.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I am at peace with all my actions.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Unfortunately, the international community is not ready to deal with Iran’s repeated provocations.

— Avigdor Lieberman

It is to be regretted when internal considerations determine a counterproductive and irresponsible foreign policy.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Friendly governments do not act so as to undermine the national security of their friends, and do not presume to know better than their friends how they should contend with the many challenges they face. The Swedish government would do well to rethink its intention to act in this way towards its friend Israel.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Anti-Semitic insults by ‘Svoboda’ have caused outrage on number of occasions both in Ukraine and in Israel.

— Avigdor Lieberman

Every day, every week, you have another case of Israeli Arabs that are taking part in terrorist activity.

— Avigdor Lieberman

What you have in the Middle East is tension not between Jews and Arabs, not between Israelis and Palestinians, but between the radical wing and the moderate people.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I am the mainstream.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I am waiting for the day when the German Bundestag debates the violation of human rights in Saudi Arabia.

— Avigdor Lieberman

You cannot stop an Islamist tsunami by building a small island somewhere in the ocean.

— Avigdor Lieberman

If, God forbid, a war with Iran breaks out, it will be a nightmare. And we will all be in it, including the Persian Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia. No one will remain unscathed.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I very much favor democracy, but when there is a contradiction between democratic and Jewish values, the Jewish and Zionist values are more important.

— Avigdor Lieberman

I don’t believe in the polls. I try to concentrate on the day of elections.

— Avigdor Lieberman

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