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Sunday Jan. 22, 2012 2:40 PM (EST+7)

RAMALLAH, January 22 (JMCC) - Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is headed to Washington next week, but reportedly feels that US officials are avoiding meeting with him.

Max Blumenthal, writing for Al-Akhbar, describes how Lieberman's angst is being reported in the Israeli press.

What made Israel's top diplomat so unpopular in Washington? Perhaps it was his nasty habit of calling for the execution of Arab members of Knesset; his plan for the forced transfer of Palestinian citizens of Israel; his threats to arm Kurdish rebels and bomb Egypt's Aswan dam; his call to drown thousands of Palestinian prisoners in the Dead Sea; his possible indictment for illicit foreign business transactions with mafia-linked sources; or his full-throated defense of Vladimir Putin's election rigging that made him so unpopular with Obama's inner circle.

It is understood that while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not made any specific plans to avoid Lieberman, she would be happy to keep as far away from him as possible. Jerusalem Post Managing Editor Caroline Glick suggested that Clinton is hiding from Lieberman not because of anything he said or did, but because Clinton is actually an anti-Semite.

A report last week by Israel's Channel 2 news claimed that Lieberman is being treated by Washington as though he were the member of a terrorist organization. According to the report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may file a complaint with the White House about a violation of protocol. If all else fails, Channel 2 stated that Jerusalem may turn to former Senator Joseph Lieberman (no relation to Avigdor) to mend relations.







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