Lieberman tells Amona residents to not confront IDF soldiers regarding upcoming evacuation

Speaking in front of soldiers in the Negev, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented on the country’s relationship with Russia and the upcoming evacuation of Amona.
Lieberman Photo Credit: Mark Neyman/Flash 90

Today (Tuesday), Netanyahu and Lieberman attended the IDF’s Training Base City inauguration in the Negev. Netanyahu and Lieberman both commented on diplomatic and security developments in their speeches. Lieberman spoke about the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the Amona evacuation, saying: “Don’t bring the IDF into politics. The IDF is only the executive wing. The one who makes these decisions is the government. Don’t get into confrontations with IDF soldiers.”

When one of the soldiers asked Netanyahu about Donald Trump’s presidential victory, the prime minister passed the question onto Lieberman, who said: “We respect everyone who is elected in the US. We don’t have a preference. What is important is to start a dialogue as early as possible with the new administration in order to reach understandings.”

During his speech, Netanyahu mentioned Moscow and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We are in close contact with Russia,” stated Netanyahu. “I met with Putin four times over the past year in order to make sure that there would not be a conflict between the IDF and Russian Army in which no side is interested.”

Earlier today, JOL reported that the US State Department harshly criticized Israel after the Knesset Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a controversial bill related to Amona known as the Regulation Law. Yesterday, the Supreme Court rejected the government’s request to postpone the evacuation of Amona by seven months, which aggravated the outpost residents.

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