Lieberman backs away from his land swap proposal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 20, 2010 15:42

 
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PRAGUE  — Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday said that his call to redraw the country's borders to exclude some Arab citizens in a future peace deal with the Palestinians is his personal view and does not represent government policy.

On Sunday, Lieberman had proposed trading sections of Israel where its Arab citizens live for West Bank Jewish settlements as part of any peace deal.

The controversial comments were rejected by the Palestinians.

The proposal would leave many of Israel's 1 million Arab citizens under Palestinian control.

Lieberman told reporters after meeting Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg that the proposal was "my personal view, it's not the official position of our government."

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