A Conversation With Avigdor Lieberman By Lally Weymouth

Interview by Lally Weymouth
Sunday, March 1, 2009

Whom would you like to see as Israel's next prime minister?

I think Bibi [Benjamin Netanyahu], but our biggest problem is that at the end of the day, there is no clear result.

One of the reasons you are so popular is because you called for a loyalty oath for all citizens of Israel. What do you mean by a loyalty oath?

The dividing line for Yisrael Beiteinu is who supports terror and who fights terror. We cannot accept that there are people in Israel that even during the war [in Gaza] openly supported Hamas.

You're talking about Israeli Arabs?

Of course, but not only Arabs. I'm sorry to say that there were also Jews.

Who were supporting Hamas?

Who supported terror.

Most of your statements about loyalty oaths and changing populations have been about changing areas where Israeli Arabs live.

We speak about citizens' responsibilities for Jews and Arabs. For example, the Jewish orthodox community doesn't want to serve in the army or do national service.

You're not going to argue that these Orthodox Jews are not loyal Israeli citizens?

The same law pertains to Jews, Arabs and Christians.

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