Journalists undertook an investigation of the connections between Israeli politicians and the Belarusian dictator.
The 10thTV channel of Israeli television made a report on the situation in Belarus and the relations between Tel Aviv and Minsk. A famous journalist Baruch Krah reminded how the presidential campaign went in Belarus in 2010 and how it ended for most presidential candidates. He reminded of mass repressions, which keep going in Belarus, and of hundreds of people, who were detained in Minsk after protest actions, and of political prisoners, who still remain in prisons.
The report’s authors met the leader of the European Belarus civic campaign, former presidential candidate and political prisoner Andrei Sannikov, journalists Iryna Khalip and Sviatlana Kalinkina, a film director Jury Khashchavatski.
The report’s main topic was the actions of some well-known Israeli politicians. In particular, the TV piece told of a former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and also of the ambassadors to Belarus – former Zeev Ben-Arie and current Iosif Shagal.
Court’s proceedings are now taken place on the case of the former MFA’s head. According to the indictment, Avigdor Lieberman is responsible for the career growth of the former Israeli ambassador to our country Ben-Arie. In particular, the prosecution believes that Lieberman was preparing him for another diplomatic position circumventing the established procedures for candidates’ approval. Ben-Arie himself was earlier sentenced to four months of public works for passing the head of the MFA confidential information on the criminal case against the former minister on laundering money through front organizations.
The journalist reminds that it was exactly Lieberman who was once the main lobbyist for opening an Israel’s embassy in Minsk, which was closed in 2002 due to financial difficulties. We would note that the official was at the time the head of the Transport Ministry, and opening a diplomatic mission was not among his functions.
The report’s author notes that, considering who is allowed to do business in dictatorial Belarus, it is without a doubt that it is a matter of businessmen from Lieberman’s inner circle.
The Israeli journalists mentioned also Lieberman’s close friend, an Austrian billionaire Martin Shlaf, who was supposed to be one of the main witnesses on the case against the minister. The businessman received access to the Belarusian modern communications market, which is a state monopoly. As we know, such decisions are never taken without Lukashenka’s approval.
The Israeli journalist’s attention did not miss the scandalous statement, in which the Belarusian dictator praises Hitler and claims that “the German order corresponds with his understanding of a presidential republic”.
“I cannot understand the tolerant treatment of a dictator, who praises Hitler, who is known for his friendship with the Iranian ruler Ahmadinejad and other people, who are Israel’s enemies”, - Andrei Sannikov says.
Current Israel’s ambassador to Belarus Iosif Shagal is called a “Lieberman’s man” in the TV program. The journalists remind that the diplomat was in the center of a scandal after one of his press-conferences in Minsk, at which he stated that he could not tell whether there were political prisoners in our country.
“This is a real paradox. Belarusian democrats are supported by practically all the Western diplomats. We even met the ambassador of Russia. The only diplomat, who did not want to speak with us, was Israel’s ambassador. This disappointed us a lot”, - Iryna Khalip recounted.
Translation from Hebrew –Aaron Shustin, specially for charter97.org