Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday said that the moratorium on West Bank settlement building was a failure, and that the idea that a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians can be reached in the next year is not realistic. Lieberman's comments came in an interview with Israel Radio.
"The impossibility of reaching a permanent peace agreement within a year is becoming more widely understood and we need to think about a long-term intermediary agreement instead," said Lieberman. "Also on the issue of the freeze - we've seen that it did not lead to any breakthroughs in negotiations, it's not the answer. I think that's clear today. There are no more freezes. We should remove that word from the lexicon," the foreign minister added.
Lieberman also addressed recent polls which suggested a large number of Jewish Israelis support the idea that citizens should be required to pledge loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state.
"The people are ahead of the leadership and are braver than them as well," said Lieberman. "When you speak with the majority of ministers and MKs, everyone supports this and knows that its logical and our reality necessitates it. When they need to stand up in front of the public, unfortunately, most of the leadership runs away from their responsibility," he added.