Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
The Palestinian Authority lost more than it gained by joining UNESCO, Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in Sunday’s Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense
“The cost of Palestinian membership in UNESCO cost
them more than it benefits them – especially because they lost US aid,”
Lieberman explained. “It’s a Pyrrhic victory.”
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“Contrary to what many
have been saying, Israel is not isolated. Many people want to visit Israel, and
our ministers receive invitations to foreign countries.
around the world want to learn about our scientific and agricultural
developments,” he said.
However, PA Mahmoud Abbas has become increasingly
isolated among his own people, according to Lieberman.
“His isolation is
the reason he made speeches and statements about the Palestinian prisoners
released in the Schalit deal, gave them money and promised to build them
houses,” the foreign minister said, emphasizing that this includes terrorists
involved in the deadly Sbarro (in Jerusalem in August 2001) and Park Hotel (on
Seder night in 2002 in Netanya) attacks.
“Abbas wants to ensure his place
in history,” Lieberman explained. “He’s promoting an ideology that is extreme
even to some senior PA officials.”
Lieberman discussed the Arab Spring,
saying that “regional turbulence” is bringing Islamist parties to power “that
all share an anti-Israel message.”
“Instability in the Middle East is not
good for anyone,” he said, emphasizing that it is “a major danger for
“Those who say that Jordan is Palestine are mostly harming
Israel,” Lieberman added. “That would create a continuous Palestinian state
which would endanger us. It’s in our interest for this not to
“Stability in Jordan is in Israel’s interest.
border is the longest and quietest. Both sides enjoy the benefits of peace and
As far as Hamas is concerned, he said he recently
spoke to French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé about lifting the blockade on
“I told the French foreign minister when he visited that I can
remove every restriction on entering Gaza, as long as the French send us their
Foreign Legion and not just girls with olive branches,” Lieberman quipped. “Of
course, he said no.”
The foreign minister also called for the world to
“strangle” Teheran with sanctions, explaining that “Iran is the international
community’s problem, not just Israel’s.”
According to Lieberman, Western
countries are using only 30 percent of possible sanctions against
“Even if the sanctions on Iran are only from the West, without help
from Russia and China, it’s enough to strangle Iran,” he said.
on the IAEA’s report on Iranian nuclear weapons, Lieberman said that “the facts
published in the report are those that are 200% certain. This tells us
that reality is much worse.”
However, he stated that “it’s important to
take a breath and not make major statements” because “with all due respect to
the State of Israel, there are much bigger countries that can take care of this
problem more efficiently.”