Yediot: Lieberman absent from July 4 celebration at Tel-Aviv Embassy
Lieberman’s office: “He was on a tour of the North and announced he would not attend”
Itamar Eichner, Yedioth, July 4 2010 [Hebrew original here and bottom of post]
It is rare for foreign ministers to miss the Independence Day party considered the most important by a foreign embassy in Israel, and Lieberman usually does attend Independence Day parties by foreign ambassadors. Examples are his attendance of Independence Day events by the ambassadors of Kenya and Kazakhstan. His strange absence from the reception at the US Embassy may therefore stem from his chilly relations with the US administration. Thus, for example, during his visit to New York a month ago, Lieberman did not meet a single representative of the administration but only Jewish politicians and Israeli diplomats. During his visit to Washington Lieberman did not meet US President Barack Obama, even though Defense Minister Ehud Barak did meet him. Lieberman’s nonparticipation in the Independence party may be his answer to the treatment he received in the US.
Lieberman’s office said: “The minister was on a tour of the North and announced a few weeks ago he was not going to attend.”