Lieberman changes tune on Gaza

Invites Italian FM to lead delegation of European FMs to Gaza.

June 24, 2010 22:46
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (AP).

Lieberman 311 AP. (photo credit: AP)

During a Thursday meeting with the Italian foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman proposed that a delegation of European foreign ministers visit Gaza.

The offer represents a significant change in Israeli policy, which until now was to isolate Gaza.  Lieberman proposed that the Italian Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, head the delegation.

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A large European visit to Gaza could help reduce the pressure on Israel following the Gaza flotilla raid fiasco and let them see for themselves just how bad conditions in Gaza are.

Lieberman's latest proposal represents a significant change of direction for the FM.  He has also just published his proposed peace plan and is under pressure from Netanyahu to produce some movement towards peace.

The Labor party is threatening to leave the coalition if no progress is made, and Netanyahu may be considering replacing Lieberman's party with Kadima, who are likely to be more acceptable to Labor, and more favorable to a negotiated solution with the Palestinians.

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