In a debate held at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Wednesday, National Union MK Arieh Eldad and United Arab List-Ta'al Chairman Ahmad Tibi discovered that they share a common enemy: Yisrael Beiteinu's leader Avigdor Lieberman.
Although the debate, which was attended by about a hundred students, focused mainly on the enormous ideological differences between the two parties, the MKs did not miss the chance to attack the current elections' most controversial figure.
Tibi and Eldad. Common enemy (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
"I'm unfazed by Lieberman's blabber, I despise him," said Tibi. "He is an Israeli Jorg Haider and his rise is the rise of fascism," he added. In some ways, Tibi claimed, Lieberman is even worse than Haider, who led the extreme Right in Austria, and France's Jean-Marie Le Pen: "At least Haider and Le Pen directed their racism towards foreigners, while he directs it towards his own people."
Tibi stressed that Lieberman's campaign did not intimidate the Arab public, and that he himself was more worried about Kadima Chairman Tzipi Livni, "who says that the national solution for the Palestinians called Israeli Arabs is to be found someplace else."
MK Eldad also referred to the Yisrael Beiteinu chairman, and said: "Lieberman rides the populist wave of hatred towards the Arabs. He has done nothing against illegal construction by Arabs. All he did was talk, not do."
However, Eldad claimed that the Arab parties should have been disqualified from running in the elections. He also called for abolishing Arabic as an official language in Israel, noting that it should be granted special, rather than formal, status.