Israeli minister: World would sacrifice Israel

AP News
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:41 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister is lashing out at Europe for criticizing Israel's policies toward the Palestinians.

Avigdor Lieberman is drawing analogies with Europe's appeasement of the Nazis before World War II.

Lieberman hit back at European foreign ministers for condemning Israeli plans to build settler housing in an especially sensitive area of the West Bank.

He's also accusing the international community of ignoring threats to Israel, including weapons smuggling by Palestinian militants in Gaza and calls for Israel's destruction from Hamas and Iran.

On Wednesday, he charged that world leaders would be prepared to abandon Israel as they gave up Czechoslovakia to the Nazis on the eve of World War II.

Lieberman said, "When push comes to shove, many key leaders would be willing to sacrifice Israel without batting an eyelid."