'World would sacrifice Israel to radical Islam', says Israeli FM Lieberman
Israel's hawkish foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has lashed out at the international community, criticising its policies towards the Palestinians.
He said that many world leaders would readily sacrifice Israel to radical Islam just as Europe appeased the Nazis before World War II.
Lieberman hit back at European foreign ministers for condemning Israel's plans to build settler housing in an especially sensitive area of the West Bank, news 24 reports.
According to the report, he also accused the international community of ignoring threats to Israel, including weapons smuggling by Palestinian militants and calls for Israel's destruction from Palestinian Hamas militants and Iran.
Lieberman said some of his European counterparts 'regard Israel's destruction as a given'.
"Expressions and promises of commitment to Israel's security from all around the world reminds me of similar commitments made to Czechoslovakia in 1938," Lieberman told a diplomatic conference, invoking an analogy he has used before.
"My sense is that all the promises and commitments to Israel's security are mere words," he said.
"When push comes to shove, many key leaders would be willing to sacrifice Israel without batting an eyelid, in order to appease the radical Islamist militants and ensure quiet for themselves," he added.