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Israel's Lieberman Resigns

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Meir Kahane headed Israel's Kach Party. In 1988, Israel banned it. It was too extreme to tolerate. It institutionalized the worst form of racist hate, nationalist extremism, and bloodthirstiness.

Hebrew University Professor Zeev Sternhell once called Lieberman "perhaps the most dangerous politician in the history of the state of Israel."

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, described him as "outrageous, abominable, hate-filled, (and) brimming with incitement that, if left unchecked, could lead Israel to the gates of hell."

David A. Harris, the American Jewish Committee's Executive Director, said he "define(s) an entire class of Israelis as suspected traitors."

"An unnamed Meretz party member said "If you liked Mussolini, if you were missing Stalin, you'll love Lieberman."

Gideon Levy equated Lieberman with Kahane. What was once "ostracized is now acceptable." It reflects "the slippery slope down which Israeli society has skidded over the past two decades."

Even ultra-Zionist US publisher Martin Peretz called him "neo-fascist".a certified gangster".the Israeli equivalent of (Austrian politician) Jorg Haider."

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In 2000, Israel barred him from Israel for his hard-right views. He publicly supported Nazism, anti-Semitism, and xenophobia.

Lieberman spurns basic ethics, morality, rule of law principles and democratic values. He's bad news for Israel, Palestine and humanity.

In 1958, he was born Evet Lvovich Lieberman in Moldova (a former Soviet Republic). He once worked as a nightclub bouncer.

In 1978, he moved to Israel with his parents. After IDF service, his political career began.

In the 1980s, he helped found the Zionist Forum for Soviet Jewry. He was also a Board of the Jerusalem Economic Corporation member and Secretary of the Jerusalem branch of Israel's "national workers union," the Histadrut Ovdim Le'umit.

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From 1993 - 1997, he was Director General for the Likud party. At the same time, he was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's chief of staff during his first term. 

In 1999, he established the far-right, ultranationalist Israel Beiteinu Party (Israel is Our Home). He became a MK. He's also held other positions.

They included Minister of National Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation, and, until resigning December 14, foreign minister and deputy prime minister.

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