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Yediot: Lieberman absent from July 4 celebration at Tel-Aviv Embassy

US Embassy celebrated independence, Lieberman didn’t show up

Lieberman’s office: “He was on a tour of the North and announced he would not attend”

Itamar Eichner, Yedioth, July 4 2010 [Hebrew original here and bottom of post]

Oddly, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman chose not to attend the party for the 234th year of American independence on Thursday at the residence of the US ambassador in Herzliya.

It is rare for foreign ministers to miss the Independence Day party considered the most important by a foreign embassy in Israel, and Lieberman usually does attend Independence Day parties by foreign ambassadors. Examples are his attendance of Independence Day events by the ambassadors of Kenya and Kazakhstan. His strange absence from the reception at the US Embassy may therefore stem from his chilly relations with the US administration. Thus, for example, during his visit to New York a month ago, Lieberman did not meet a single representative of the administration but only Jewish politicians and Israeli diplomats. During his visit to Washington Lieberman did not meet US President Barack Obama, even though Defense Minister Ehud Barak did meet him. Lieberman’s nonparticipation in the Independence party may be his answer to the treatment he received in the US.

Lieberman’s office said: “The minister was on a tour of the North and announced a few weeks ago he was not going to attend.”

Categories: Diplomacy
  1. ARTH
    July 4, 2010 at 13:11

    It is Israel which has the most to lose from the deterioration in the relationship between the two countries. Israel is not the superpower, the superpower is the USA.

    Lieberman thought that Israel could form an alternative alliance with Russia but has since learned, and failed to internalize, that speaking Russian is not enough.

  1. July 4, 2010 at 20:15
  2. July 6, 2010 at 11:32

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