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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Land for peace is dead: Long live peace for peace

I don't like everything he does or says, but Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been telling it like it is a lot lately, and where a lot of other ministers aren't willing to tread. He did it again at a party Knesset faction meeting on Monday.
Speaking at a party faction meeting on Monday, Lieberman said, "Peace is in fact our heart's desire, but it is not more important than Israel's existence as the state of the Jewish people or than lasting security for its citizens. We extend our hand in peace to enemies, but as long as they choose the path of war, we must be firm, return battle, and defeat the enemy. We must strive for victory instead of talking about possible compromise, interpreted as weakness by our enemies.

"Our party, Yisrael Beiteinu, believes that we must free ourselves of the obsession of peace in exchange for land. Any future agreement will be based on peace for peace, and on the conception of maximum separation of the Jewish and Arab populaces, and on a regional solution, with the participation of Egyptian and Jordan.

"Peace talks can happen only after certain basic conditions are fulfilled: Terrorism must be defeated, a partner/leader must be found who wants peace and who is able to fulfill his promises; and there must be a basic change in the educational system of the Palestinian Authority, so that instead of educating towards the destruction of Israel, it will teach peace and acceptance."
That ought to have the Leftists steaming in the morning.



At 7:35 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

I agree with him. After Abu Bluff took the two state solution off the table, its the only realistic path left. Any one who denies it is dreaming. Israel will have focus on managing conflict, not trying to end which won't happen at all in our own lifetime.


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