Lieberman: Al Jazeera = Nazi Propaganda
As Israel Contemplates Banning the Network
Wading into the waters of Arab politics, Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that the Al Jazeera cable network is as bad as Nazi propaganda.
The statement comes a week after a number of Arab states, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar, where Al Jazeera is based. The rift is mainly about Qatar's close relationship with Iran, but could also be about economic rivalries, particularly with Saudi Arabia.
The statement comes at a time when Israel is considering a blanket ban on the network, which is seen as hopelessly biased against Israel and prone to supporting Palestinian acts of terrorism.
For example, Palestinian terrorist acts are often referred to as "military operations" while Israeli counterterror efforts are portrayed as war crimes.
According to the Times of Israel,
Israel maintains trade relations with Qatar, though not full diplomatic relations. The United States also has a large military base on the peninsula nation.
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