Lieberman rallies votes with the Bedouins

Monday, February 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Avigdor Lieberman, minister of strategic affairs, took a trip down south to rally votes for the next Knesset elections, stopping in the hospitable tents of the Bedouins – not normally supporters of the political right.

“If you manage to solve anything, it will only be with the right,” Lieberman told Bedouins during campaign stumping in the Negev on Sunday.

“It’s no secret that our guests are from the rightwing faction, but they must be respected, even if we don’t agree with them, said one of the sheikhs hosting the visit. “As a minister, your actions are for all of Israel’s people.”

Lieberman criticized the government and its policies, saying that bureaucracy was a bigger issue to the Bedouins than crime. He addressed land disputes between the government and the Bedouins and that the matter should be resolved.

“No matter what, you can’t please everyone,” the minister said.

He presented a plan of action in dealing with Bedouin land, but did not go into detail.

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