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Avigdor Lieberman Quotes

(Last Updated On: September 25, 2018)

“The security forces are hunting the terrorists who murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach… I feel the intense grief of his wife Yael and his six children… I have ordered the heads of the Defense Ministry to help the family and the residents of Havat Gilad. In tandem, I have ordered them to examine how to formalize the status of Havat Gilad and make it a regular settlement in the West Bank.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Haaretz, 10 January 2017. 

“We have undertaken to hold a number of bursts per year for building permits in Judea and Samaria and we stand by our word… The 1,285 new housing units we will approve tomorrow at the Supreme Planning Council for marketing are for immediate construction in 2018. Among other things, large neighborhoods have been approved in Ariel, Emanuel and more” – Avigdor Lieberman, Israel National News, 9 January 2017.

“The PA [Palestinian Authority] pays over a billion shekels a year to terrorists and their families, thus encouraging and perpetuating terrorism. The minute the amount of the payment is decided according to the severity of the crime and the length of the sentence – in other words, whoever murders and is sentenced to life in prison gets much more – that is funding terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens. There is nothing that better illustrates the PA’s support for terrorism. We must stop this.” – Avigdor Lieberman, The Jerusalem Post, 9 January 2017.

“At least for now, I don’t think a general operation in Gaza against Hamas fits the Israeli security interest… Hamas has no interest in a general war. Those who try to drag us into that are all sorts of Salafist groups, and I saw that some of our opposition leaders are interested in the same thing.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Al-Monitor, 5 January 2017.

“We suggest that the leaders of the government in Gaza get it together and clean house. As far as we are concerned, there is one address, and those who claim to govern Gaza will also bear responsibility.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Al-Monitor, 5 January 2017.

“The time has come for Hamas to reach a settlement deal with Israel on the bodies of the missing soldiers and civilians in Gaza… Stop digging tunnels and producing rockets; time to consider the future of the children of Gaza.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Middle East Monitor, 5 January 2017.

“Israel knows exactly which operatives were behind the launch… We will do anything we have to do to stop this… We encourage the authorities in Gaza to come to their senses and bring about order,” Lieberman concluded. “In our view, there is only one address; the one that says it’s the ruler of Gaza is also the one that will deal with the responsibility.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Middle East Monitor, 5 January 2017.

“Friday’s shelling was conducted by the [Palestinian] Islamic Jihad, and we know exactly who was behind it… We will do anything we have to to stop this. We will not accept ‘drizzles’… But we well know who’s responsible for the launches.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Times of Israel, 4 January 2017.

“The Israeli interest is that the international community’s attention be entirely on Iran, and not to launch an all-out campaign in Gaza which would distract attention from Iran.” –  Avigdor Lieberman, Reuters, 2 January 2017. 

“The ‘drizzle’ [the slang term for sporadic rocket attacks] is not continuing. We’ve already had one day of total quiet.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Times of Israel, 2 January 2017. 

“Since the good old days of the National Religious Party, the Jewish Home in all its variations has a long tradition of toppling right-wing governments.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Times of Israel, 1 January 2018.

“I do not understand why we have to vote on the ‘mini-markets bill’ in the Knesset today when one of the Likud’s MKs is burying his wife. We asked the heads of the coalition to postpone the vote to next week… It’s not a bill on which Israel’s future depends. There’s nothing urgent about it.” – Avigdor Lieberman, The Jerusalem Post, 1 January 2018.

“After the Iranians completely destroyed Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon and Syria, they are starting to do the exact same thing in Gaza.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Times of Israel, 31 December 2017.

“The Iranian regime continues to risk the safety of the residents of the Gaza Strip and puts them in grave danger. Wherever the Iranian regime operates or is involved, it only wreaks havoc and destruction.” – Avigdor Lieberman,, 31 December 2017.

“Hamas is being careful because they do not want war, as we do not, but the Salafist and extremist Muslim groups are acting on their own.” – Avigdor Lieberman,, 31 December 2017.

“As long as a sweeping majority in the cabinet and the attorney general opposes the death penalty for terrorists, the only way to obtain the death penalty is through legislation. These attacks against me are irrational.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Israel National News, 28 December 2017. 

“A death sentence is the only appropriate punishment for such a lowly act [referring to a death penalty for terrorists].” – Avigdor Lieberman, Israel National News, 28 December 2017. 

“Every additional terrorist who enters Israeli prisons alive serves as an incentive to all other terrorists to kidnap Israeli citizens, to kill soldiers and then to enter negotiations [with Israel] to bargain for the release of other terrorists in prison.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Al-Monitor, 27 December 2017. 

“I call on all Israeli citizens not to enter their shops [referring to Israeli Arabs in Wadi Ara region, following the outbreak of violent riots]. Don’t buy anything from them, … We need to give them the feeling that they are not wanted.” – Avigdor Lieberman, Israel National News, 27 December 2017.

“Today the verdict will be handed down to the terrorist who killed three members of the Salomon family in cold blood in the settlement of Halamish.” – Avigdor Lieberman, The Jerusalem Post, 27 December 2017.