Rachel Shabi gets it wrong on Lieberman and two states

An op-ed by Rachel Shabi (a frequent Guardian contributor) published in the Independent on May 30th included the following claim concerning the position of Israel’s new defense minister Avigdor Lieberman on the issue of the two-state solution.

“The man now in charge of the Israeli army and the military occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank…has vowed there will never be a Palestinian state

However, the claim that Lieberman vowed “there will never be a Palestinian state” ignores positions he’s taken consistently since 2009 – covered widely in the media – that he supports the creation of a Palestinian state.  

He wrote, in a letter to the New York Jewish Week in early 2009, that he “advocates the creation of a viable Palestinian state.”  A month later, he told Time Magazine that he would evacuate his own home in the settlement of Nokdim if a peace agreement with the Palestinians is reached. 

In fact, even the Independent, in a July 17, 2012 report by Catrina Stewart (Could corruption trial stop the rise of the black sheep of Israeli politics?), acknowledged that Lieberman supports a two-state solution.

Since his appointment as Defense Minister, other media outlets have matter-of-factly noted his support for two states.  For instance, a BBC article on Lieberman’s position on May 25th notes that he “favours a two-state solution”.

In fact, on the day Shabi’s op-ed went online at the Indy, Lieberman gave a press conference where he re-affirmed his support for a two-state agreement.

Whilst commentators are free to criticize Lieberman, express skepticism over his sincerity in supporting two states or question the morality of what’s known as ‘The Lieberman Plan‘, Shabi’s claim that he “vowed there would never be a Palestinian state” is simply inaccurate.  Per the Accuracy Clause of the Editors’ Code, the passage should be revised by editors to more accurately reflect this fact.

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  1. The AP reports: Israel’s New Defense Minister Backs Two-State Solution
    Shabby is just a professional Israel hater writing for the most antisemitic leftist rag the Guardian – why would anybody expect from her to write a factual analysis?

    • So true. The Guardian and Israel haters pull out Shabi, the ‘token Jew’, and others of her ilk to spew hatred about the Jewish state. Shabi should be ashamed that she is so ill informed, not just about Israeli history, politics and facts, but about Judaism, Jewishness and Zionism.

      Antisemites love these ‘token Jews.’ They use them as a smokescreen and ensure that before trashing Israel they always begin their narrative with: “I’m a Jew, but…” before smearing Jews and Israel with impunity.

    • Why should der Guardian waste the loyal services of a professional Jew-hater?
      File under: cost effective production

  2. Rachel Shabi the fake Iraqi Jew….She fantasizes about the wonderful life that the Jews had in Iraq…A sour and miserable sad soul…..Who makes a living from writing BS about Israel….A pathetic and disgusting woman….Read her pitiful tweets to understand this self promoting woman….She is the Type of Jew that Al Jazeer the BBC and especially that Rotten Racist Rag the Guardian Love….

  3. This woman gets just about everything wrong about Israel……She wouldn’t be writing for Al Jazeera the BBC or that Rotten Racist Rag the Guardian if she somehow managed to write anything right about Israel….