FM: 'Flotilla vanished like a rain cloud on a summer day'

Lieberman tells Israel Radio reports that US backs Lebanon on maritime dispute are "nonsense," says Erdogan wants to "undermine" Israel.

July 10, 2011 08:43
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Avigdor Lieberman

Avigdor Lieberman 521. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Flotilla organizers' efforts to sail to Gaza have failed due to successful measures taken by Israel, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio on Monday.

"The 'air' and naval flotilla have vanished like a rain cloud on a summer day," Lieberman said, adding, "Israel was successful in their prevention."

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Commenting on reports that the United States backs Lebanon on the maritime border and gas reserves dispute, Lieberman told Israel Radio these reports were "nonsense."

The foreign minister also commented on Israel's relations with Turkey, and said that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is not interested in improving relations, rather he wants to "humiliate" Israel and "undermine its international standing."

On peace talks with the Palestinians, Lieberman said Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has expressed only the "toughest Palestinian positions" since the Oslo Accords and that the new American proposal promising security guarantees if a Palestinian state is created cannot be relied on.

According to Lieberman, such promises proved useless after the Second Lebanon War and after the Gaza withdrawal.

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