While on his trip to Israel to receive an honourary degree from an Israelis University, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong poured praises for the Jews and Israel, and even remarked that the Jews have “remarkable human talent” and “the indomitable spirit to overcome overwhelming odds.”
PM Lee Hsien Loong also flicked out a quote from his father, Lee Kuan Yew, to impress the Israelis:
“Singapore learnt two things from Israel: “How to be strong, and how not to use our strength.”
Often criticised by overseas political analysts for his lack of international diplomacy, Lee Hsien Loong is also often compared to his father Lee Kuan Yew, who probably would not have been so flippant with his compliments resulting in an impression that Singapore is trying to curry favours of another country. Earlier in February, Chinese political analysts openly criticised Lee Hsien Loong on state television calling him “inexperienced” and “nothing like his father”.
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