Turkish PM: Israel must remove foreign minister

The prime minister of Turkey, whose ties with Israel have been badly strained over the past year, has called on the Jewish state to remove its hawkish foreign minister who he says poses an obstacle to Middle Easy peace.

Avigdor Lieberman is a polarizing figure in Israel and outside, with his outspoken skepticism about peace with the Palestinians and his questioning of the loyalty of Israel’s Arab minority.

He once said Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak could “go to hell,” has called for executing Israeli Arab lawmakers who met with Palestinian militant leaders and has advocated bombing Iran and Egypt and was even reprimanded this week by his own prime minister.

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