Every generation uses technology to attack Jews, Liberman says

Former foreign minister promises that Israel will protect every Jew from stones, cyberattacks and nuclear weapons

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)
Avigdor Liberman (photo credit: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash90)

The weekend’s cyberattack against Israel is a reminder that every generation employs its technological developments to attack Jews, former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman said Sunday, noting that Israel must now defend itself against stones, the Internet and the Iranian threat.

The cyberattack campaign targeting Israeli government and commercial websites had failed to cause serious disruption as of Sunday morning, but experts warned it would reach its peak toward the evening.

From the days of slavery in Egypt through the Holocaust until today, enemies of Israel used technology “to try and satisfy their anti-Semitic, primitive and dark wishes,” Liberman wrote on his Facebook page.

“It’s our duty to stand guard and make sure that no Jew, in Israel or the world, will be hurt just because he is a Jew and to [make sure] the anti-Semitic schemes are cut short,” Liberman wrote.

Liberman also referred to the failed talks between Iran and the world powers over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program, saying these proved once again that “defending the continuity of the Jewish people will remain Israel’s job.”

“We waited in the 1930s and saw what happened in the 40s,” the former foreign minister pointed out.

Earlier on Sunday Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Army Radio that Iran should be issued an ultimatum so that it would stop using talks to gain time and develop nuclear weapons.

“The time has come to place before the Iranians a military threat or a form of red line, an unequivocal red line by the entire world,” Steinitz said. Sanctions and talks weren’t enough, the minister said.

The situation in the Korean peninsula could be duplicated in the Middle East if Iran obtains a nuclear arsenal, Steinitz warned. North Korea managed to develop such weapons in spite of extremely harsh sanctions, and now it terrorizes South Korea, Japan and the rest of the world, he said.

“Imagine what could happen within two or three years not only to Israel but to Europe, the US and the whole world” if Iran became a nuclear power, Steinitz warned.

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