Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara (Likud) of meeting with anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi elements while disregarding Israel's foreign policy and causing great damage to its image.
In a letter sent by Lieberman to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, the foreign minister wrote he has "recently learned of the deputy minister's meetings in Europe with extremists affiliated with racist and anti-Semitic lineaments, without informing or consulting with our official delegates in those countries.
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"Israel has a clear policy forbidding such meetings. Holding such meetings renders controversial actions permissible, causing substantial damage to the image of the State of Israel within the international community.
"Such actions preformed by an official delegate of the Israeli government goes completely against the government's stance and that of its delegates abroad – and it's only appropriate that it should stop immediately."
Yedioth Ahronoth reported last week that Kara had met with Swedish-German millionaire Patrik Brinkmann who has ties with German neo-Nazi groups in Berlin.
Brinkmann, who is trying to establish a far-right anti-Islamic party in Germany claims he is not an anti-Semite; however his previous close contacts with the German neo-Nazi party (NPD) and his past membership in another neo-Nazi party raise questions regarding his ideology.
The Foreign Ministry has apparently been following the deputy minister's trips abroad and is recording all anti-Semitic, neo-Nazi officials he had met in Europe.
Lieberman also sent the prime minster a detailed account of Kara's trips in Europe, including his meetings with extremist elements and the responses of different embassies to those trips. One such comment stated that, "the deputy minister's ties with the extreme right wing party in Austria causes us and the Jewish community great damage."
The foreign minister demanded that Netanyahu personally intervene and stop Kara's overseas trips.
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