Avigdor Lieberman: Politically Incorrect

How Avigdor Lieberman became the most polarizing figure in Israeli politics — and why he could scuttle Barack Obama's plans for peace in the Middle East

Ziv Koren / Polaris

Israel's Foreign Minister, Avigdor Liberman, in his house in the Nokdim, June 23, 2009.

For a man reputed to be Israel's biggest loudmouth, Avigdor Lieberman speaks softly. His flat, Russian-accented baritone rarely rises above a murmur. He's not a shouter. But when Lieberman talks, people listen — less because he is Israel's top diplomat than because of his knack for saying decidedly undiplomatic things. Lieberman believes that Israel's Arab citizens, who make up nearly 20% of the population, should be forced to sign oaths of loyalty. He has advocated the death penalty for Arab members of parliament who meet with members of Hamas. He calls the Obama Administration's push to curb the building...

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