Lieberman 'changes mind' on PA state

Danny Ayalon: Unlike Kadima, 2-state solution is not our obsession, but we'd accept it if conditions met.

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
March 3, 2009 23:41
2 minute read.
Lieberman 'changes mind' on PA state

liberman professor 248.88 ap. (photo credit: AP)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman says he changed his mind in recent years and decided to support the creation of a Palestinian state, but that he did not try to hide his views during the recent election campaign. Lieberman surprised many of his voters when he wrote in a letter to the New York Jewish Week on Thursday that he "advocates the creation of a viable Palestinian state." He also told The Washington Post that he would agree to the evacuation of his West Bank community of Nokdim "if there really will be a two-state solution." Asked whether he had changed his mind on the Palestinian state issue, Lieberman said in the Knesset on Monday that "reality changes" and that his shift had occurred over the last few years. Lieberman accused the press of being "shallow" for not reporting dovish things he had said in the past that would challenge his image as a hawk. "No one asked us during the campaign if we were in favor of a Palestinian state," Israel Beiteinu MK Danny Ayalon said. "The answer is yes, but for us, unlike Kadima, it's not an obsession. It's something that we would accept if all our conditions are met. We are not confusing people." But the Matot Arim organization charged that Lieberman and Israel Beiteinu had deliberately defrauded voters during the campaign, despite the party's campaign slogan "Lieberman: I trust him." Matot Arim said it had received a phone commitment from MK David Rotem during the campaign that the party opposed the creation of a Palestinian state. In a poll sponsored by the organization before the election, 58% of Israel Beiteinu supporters said they would not vote for the party if they knew it supported a Palestinian state. "If elections are in Israel to be meaningful and if the state wants people to bother to vote, then politicians should not be able to get away with changing their policy radically a few days after the elections without providing an adequate explanation," Matot Arim spokeswoman Susie Dym said in reaction to Lieberman's endorsement of a Palestinian state. Rotem said he had made a point of not signing Matot Arim's petition of MKs against a Palestinian state and that when he spoke to Dym, he had been speaking for himself. But Dym said an Israel Beiteinu spokeswoman had told her that Rotem had been speaking for the entire party. Dym also said the Israel Democracy Institute's election compass, which indicated that Israel Beiteinu opposed a Palestinian state, was further evidence that that the party had misguided potential voters. But an IDI spokesman said Israel Beiteinu had not agreed to cooperate with his organization on the compass and that the IDI had inferred the party's views - incorrectly, it seems - based on statements from the party's leaders. Lieberman made reference to a Palestinian state when he told The Jerusalem Post in January that he had told former prime minister Ariel Sharon, "If you've already decided to progress toward a two-state solution, why is one of them a state and a half - since all Israeli Arabs identify themselves as Palestinians - and the other half a state? If the aim is two states, at least let's have two states for two peoples."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN