Lieberman: 'End land for peace swaps'

FM suggests Israel needs plan for land, population swaps instead.

July 11, 2010 11:23
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. . (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel should prepare a new diplomatic plan for negotiations with Palestinians which will abandon the approach of "land for peace" and base the plan on "land and population swaps," Israel Radio reported Sunday morning.

According to his estimate, 70 percent of the public in Israel supports this idea.

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The problem lies within the government where there are people who are afraid to make real and courageous decisions, Lieberman explained in an interview on the program "Mediterranean Magazine."  We are closer than ever in persuading the current leadership to accept this proposal and it may even happen during Netanyahu's term, Lieberman said. 

Lieberman suggested polling the public on his offer, and explained, that once it receives the public's support, the model should be presented to the international community and at the negotiation tables. There is no need for us to hold the entire "Triangle" region, Umm el-Fahm, and have Palestinian citizen Sheikh Raed Salah receiving and enjoying social benefits, Lieberman said.

Lieberman estimates that the Palestinian Authority will not delay the proposal. They will be taking in a population, which is more educated, based and accustomed to the recognition of the Palestinian nationality, explained Lieberman.

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