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The new frontiers of Israeli diplomacy: Lieberman to address UN General Assembly (!)

This morning’s Israel Hayom reports: (full translated text at bottom):

a decision was made that, for the first time, the Foreign Minister will address the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of the month

You don’t need to be an expert to understand that this is not a very wise matching of speaker and venue. But the PR expert at the country’s helm apparently had no choice, because he will be at the main diplomatic show, which the Foreign Minister is boycotting.

he will replace the Prime Minister, who is busy negotiating with the Palestinians.

This bit of news comes at the tail end of an item on an impromptu meeting between Lieberman and Hillary Clinton. Yediot (full translated text at bottom) adds that Lieberman cancelled a scheduled trip to DC (including face time with Biden) to meet Clinton in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

A few days ago his office received a personal request from Hillary Clinton to schedule a meeting  between them. Clinton, who will arrive in Jerusalem on Wednesday, apparently wants to “embrace” Lieberman and convince him to support talks with the Palestinians.

Clinton wants to convince Lieberman to tone it down a bit.

Washington is concerned with Lieberman’s statement that peace with the Palestinians will not be achieved this year nor in the next generation. Its possible that one of the requests from Lieberman will be to decrease the frequency of statements that create a negative atmosphere for the talks.

But she may be walking into a PR trap.

According to sources in the Foreign Ministry Clinton faces a difficult challenge: Lieberman is not expected to be convinced easily and he believes that the talks have no real chance.

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Lieberman to meet Hillary Clinton and explain his positions

Shlomo Cezana. Israel Hayom, September 13 2010 [page 3; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Over the past few weeks Lieberman has expressed pessimism about the prospects for success in reaching an agreement with the Palestinians. “The minister will voice his positions  and the reasons behind them,” said a Lieberman confidante. In this context, a decision was made that, for the first time, the Foreign Minister will address the UN General Assembly in New York at the end of the month, where he will replace the Prime Minister, who is busy negotiating with the Palestinians.

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Instead of flying to Washington: Lieberman to meet Clinton

Itamar Eichner, Yediot, September 13 2010 [page 2; Hebrew original here and at bottom of post]

Foreign Mnister Avigdor Lieberman cancelled a planned visit to Washington because of a personal request of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who wants to meet him in order to convince him to support peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians. Lieberman was supposed to participate in an international conference and had several scheduled meetings with senior administration officials, including US Vice President Joe Biden. A few days ago his office received a personal request from Hillary Clinton to schedule a meeting  between them. Clinton, who will arrive in Jerusalem on Wednesday apparently wants to “embrace” Lieberman and convince him to support talks with the Palestinians.

Washington is concerned with Lieberman’s statement that peace with the Palestinians will not be achieved this year nor in the next generation. Its possible that one of the requests from Lieberman will be to decrease the frequency of statements that create a negative atmosphere for the talks. According to sources in the Foreign Ministry Clinton faces a difficult challenge: Lieberman is not expected to be convinced easily and he believes that the talks have no real chance.

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  1. Brad
    September 13, 2010 at 20:07

    This is not the first time an Israeli foreign minister has addressed the opening of the UN General Assembly. For example, when Shimon Peres was FM in the early-mid 1990s, he would deliver the annual address. It is only recently that the PM has taken over this responsibility.

    • September 13, 2010 at 20:14

      Brad, I think the reference is to Lieberman, not Israeli foreign ministers in general.

  2. dickerson3870
    September 18, 2010 at 12:47

    RE: “the Foreign Minister will address the UN General Assembly” – Israel Hayom
    MY COMMENT: Yippee! Thank you, G*d. This is truly a ‘train wreck’ to look forward to.

  3. dickerson3870
    September 18, 2010 at 13:26

    RE: “for the first time, the Foreign Minister will address the UN General Assembly” – Israel Hayom
    MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Like A Virgin, For The Very First Time (Video, 03:50) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgkOCJ9PGkk&ob=av2e

  4. RitaSiminu
    December 26, 2011 at 03:08

    🙂

  1. September 14, 2010 at 17:22

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