'In the ME, the weak do not survive, only the strong'

At Israel Beiteinu meeting, FM Lieberman says Israel-Palestinian conflict far from being central to world or most ancient in the world.

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October 11, 2010 15:43
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Avigdor Lieberman  answers questions to media

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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday praised Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the government for passing the oath of allegiance proposal the previous day.

"This is not only theoretical, this is an important, practical issue, which also has relevance in daily life," Lieberman told an Israel Beiteinu meeting. "Since the establishment of the state we have dealt with the issue of a Jewish nation and its relevance; the argument did not only take place in the political halls, many lawyers also grappled with it."

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"Even in the last elections, the central voting committee voted on outlawing the Balad party and there was an argument whether recognition would be given to those who deny Jewish existence," explained the foreign minister. "I hope this law will put an end to the questioning of the Jewish character of Israel."

Lieberman also addressed his meeting with his European counterparts Foreign Ministers Bernard Kouchner of France and Miguel Angel Moratinos of Spain saying, "Yesterday I had dinner with the foreign ministers. The meal took place in open spirits but was honest, open and not simple, and we talked in an open manner that is acceptable amongst friends."

"I tried to explain that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is far from being central to the world, and surely not the most ancient in the world, and I have not seen any universal formula that has solved all the conflicts on the face of the planet. Our stance is that we must stop stuttering and apologizing."

"Even in Europe they accepted the Burka law and no one was excited," Lieberman continued. "I do not propose to accept the Burka law, I am saying that we need to say the truth without being afraid and without hesitating. It must be clear that in the Middle East the weak do not survive, only the strong. I spoke today with Moratinos in good spirits. I didn't reproach anyone. It was a very good conversation."

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