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Joe Lieberman and the Genesis of Israel’s ‘Partnership for Freedom’ with Middle East Dissidents

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By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
December 1, 2012

On June 4, 2007, Senator Joe Lieberman addressed the Prague Conference on Democracy and Security, which had been organized by the then former Israeli government minister Natan Sharansky of the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Jerusalem-based Shalem Center. Speaking to dissidents from all over the Middle East, including countries such as Egypt, Libya and Syria that have subsequently been destabilized by the supposedly spontaneous Arab uprisings, Senator Lieberman said:

I hope that each of you consider this meeting as the beginning of a partnership for freedom, and I invite each of you to contact me and my office whenever you need our help.

History and the heroes in this room tell me that the future does not belong to despots and dictators. It belongs to a labor activist from Teheran, to a journalist from Moscow, to a blogger to [sic] Cairo, to a human rights advocate from North Korea, and to countless others whose names are not yet known, but which will someday be inscribed alongside those of Havel and Sharansky and Sakharov in the kingdom of conscience and courage to which all freedom fighters belong.

Whether or not any of the aspiring Middle East democrats took “the No.1 pro-Israel advocate and leader in Congress” up on his offer, the speech provides further evidence for genuine historians of the so-called “Arab Spring” of Israeli support for the toppling of the region’s authoritarian regimes. So, whenever you hear Israelis publicly fret about the resultant threat of increasing radicalization on its borders, think of the “partnership for freedom” that some of the country’s staunchest partisans initiated in Prague.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

December 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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  1. Since we are on the subject of phony revolutions, I thought you guys may like an interesting video about a woman called Eva Golinger and her research into the fake Venezuelan revolution.

    The video is called:
    Uncle Sams’s coup

    By the way, they also had the UNKNOWN snipers at the protest that killed civilians.

    Saur Ben Zvi

    December 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  2. […] Lieberman and the Genesis of Israel’s ‘Partnership for Freedom’ with Middle East Dissidents… ‘Intervention into Syria already underway’ –  Phyllis Bennis to RT […]

  3. Interesting and highly relevant video, thanks. With Israel partisans such as former ADL “researcher” Carl Gershman running NED, it would be interesting to know whether Ambassador Shapiro might have a similar passionate attachment to the self-described Jewish state as his namesake in Tel Aviv.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    December 2, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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