Lieberman: Arab-Israelis should be focus of peace talks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
September 19, 2010 11:57

The strong opposition of the Arab League and the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel as a Jewish state puts the status of Arab-Israelis at the forefront of negotiations with the Palestinians and cannot be ignored, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was quoted by Israel Radio as saying Sunday morning.

Speaking before a government meeting, Lieberman said that every Israeli citizen, including Arab-Israelis, can serve at any type of state position, such as air force pilots or agents for the Mossad. However, the foreign minister explained, whoever demonstratively opposes Zionism, such as Knesset member Haneen Zoabi or Sheikh Raed Salah, can serve in the parliament of Gaza or in the Palestinian Authority, since they cannot "hold the stick at both sides," he explained.

The guiding principle in negotiations with the Palestinians, should be exchanges of land and population, and not land for peace, Lieberman said.


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