Former Foreign Minister MK Avigdor Lieberman of Yisrael Beytenu responded to the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority last night, saying that it was time to admit that there is no solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Lieberman indicated that he would formulate an opinion on the negotiations in accordance with how they develop.
“It is important to negotiate – and even more important that negotiations be conducted on the basis of reality and without illusions,” he said.
Lieberman noted that he has said many times that there is no solution to the conflict, at least not in the coming years. “What is possible and important to do is to manage the conflict,” he wrote.
He said that Israel must not agree that the negotiations be conducted on the basis of the pre-1967 borders, reminding that the late former Minister Abba Eban “called them Auschwitz borders” due to the fact that they would guarantee Israel’s destruction. In addition, said Lieberman, it is important to make clear to the PA that “there will be no construction freeze. Not in Jerusalem and not in the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.”
“Given the fact that we will not agree to a freeze and to avoid surprises at the later stages, we should inform in advance, both the American mediator as well as the Palestinian side, the situation in the field and how many housing units are already in the works,” added Lieberman.
“The maximal result we can aspire to is an interim long term arrangement based on security and economic cooperation, with the decisions on major issues, borders and Jerusalem, being postponed until much later,” said Lieberman. “Cooperation in security and economics is in the interest of both sides and first and foremost the Palestinian side.”
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