Lieberman growling at podium 311 AP.
(photo credit: Associated Press)
There will be no additional settlement construction freezes and “we should take
that term out of our lexicon,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said
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Lieberman, in an interview with Israel Radio, said it was
clear that the moratorium on building housing starts in the West Bank “did not
succeed in bringing about any breakthrough in the diplomatic negotiations.” He
said that this showed that a settlement construction freeze was not the “right
formula” for a breakthrough.
“I think that the understanding that is
growing is that apparently it will be impossible to reach a final agreement
within a year, and that there is a need to think about an alternative, a plan B
– a long term interim agreement.”
Also Wednesday, Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu told MKs at a Knesset plenum meeting that efforts were underway to
find an effective channel with which to renew talks with the
“I hope that the Palestinians answer our call and I hope
that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] Abu Mazen tells the truth
to his nation so that we can advance towards peace,” he said.
In the same
forum, opposition leader Tzipi Livni said that the recent WikiLeaks documents
showing that moderate Arab states had allegedly pushed for US action against
Iran worked in Israel’s favor.
“Now there is a one-time opportunity that
will enable the Arab states to support an agreement that will end the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, because they also understand that Iran takes
advantage of the conflict,” she said.