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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lieberman tells the truth

In a conversation with British Foreign Minister William Hague over the weekend, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman explained why Israel will not extend the 'settlement freeze' (Hat Tip: Israellycool).
During a phone conversation with British counterpart William Hague over the weekend, Lieberman said, "The Palestinians wasted nine months, and even on the tenth month they didn’t join the talks out of a genuine intent to reach an agreement, but because they were coerced."

The foreign minister claimed the West Bank construction freeze was merely an "excuse" for the Palestinians to thwart the talks, adding that it was now the Palestinian Authority's turn to prove its seriousness with regards to the peace talks.

"Those who look for excuses will find them even if the freeze is extended," said Lieberman.

"Israel has made numerous gestures over the past year, and now it's the Palestinians' turn. Israel will gladly continue negotiating without preconditions, including those related to the moratorium."

Lieberman told Hague that the international community must support the negotiations by giving Israel incentives and refrain from increasing pressure on the Jewish state to make concessions.
Bingo. Now, if only his boss will back up his rhetoric.


At 8:30 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Let's see how much backing Netanyahu gives his own Foreign Minister. After all, the days of massive unilateral Israeli concessions are over - or are they?

With Abu Bluff's threats, its hard to see the Palestinians being interested in arriving at a compromise peace with Israel.

And if the world expects Israel to show all the flexibility then the talks are doomed even before they conclude in a year's time.

The truth no one wants to face.

At 11:31 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Hague is under personal pressure for inviting an inexperienced "friend", some years younger than himself, to be his second in command. They shared a hotel room at some foreign do.

I just hope Hague does not shift the pressure to Lieberman to show that he is a "real" man!


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