Prop up the Middle East's middle class today, and tomorrow it will be
much easier to solve intractable political problems, Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman told a gathering of European foreign ministers on
Speaking in Vilnius to a meeting of the Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe, Lieberman said a successful middle
class was the backbone of a healthy society, and that its formation was
essential in establishing societies that reject violence as a way to
solve problems, both domestically and internationally.
said the European experience has shown the more successful a country's
middle class is, the more successful and stable that country is itself.
As a result, he suggested international efforts in the Middle East focus
on economic development and building up the middle class.