'Quartet's comments distance peace'

In Brussels, Lieberman says peace must be built meticulously, not forced.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
March 19, 2010 15:35
2 minute read.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

lieberman threatening 311. (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 Don't show it again

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived in Brussels on Friday for separate talks with officials of several European Union nations after an official meeting between the EU and Israel was called off.

Upon arriving in Brussels, Lieberman criticized the Quartet’s earlier statement, according to which Israel’s plan to construct new housing units in Jerusalem was a hindrance to peace negotiations which, if started, would see the creation of an independent Palestinian state within 24 months.

According to Israel Radio, Lieberman said that the Quartet’s statement ignores the fact that the foundations of peace must be set before peace can be achieved. Peace, he was quoted as saying, is not something that can be forced upon two parties or saddled to an unrealistic timeline.

Lieberman reportedly said that such statements only made real peace between Israel and the Palestinian a more remote possibility.

The Israeli embassy said Lieberman will meet with representatives of Europe's Jewish organizations during the weekend.

On Monday, he will meet with foreign ministers from Germany, Lithuania and Finland while attending the EU's monthly foreign affairs council.

EU spokeswoman Cristina Gallach said Lieberman was supposed to attend a joint EU-Israel committee meeting Monday, but this was postponed until next month because EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had just visited Israel and Gaza this week.

Gallach denied that the postponement was not meant to be a snub, but the move came as EU-Israeli ties are under increasing strain.

In December, the European Union accused Israel of trying to divide it to stop it from passing a resolution calling for Jerusalem to be the shared capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state. The measure was adopted despite Israel's opposition.

The European Union also has criticized Israel over its suspected role in the slaying of a Hamas militant in Dubai and the killers' alleged use of forged EU passports.

Israel, meanwhile, was irked by Ashton's trip to the Gaza Strip, which remains under Hamas control. Ashton was the first senior diplomat to set foot in the blockaded territory in more than a year.

During her visit, a rocket fired by Gaza militants smashed into a greenhouse in an Israeli border village, killing a Thai worker. It was the first such death since Israel's massive offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza more than a year ago.

The Israeli air force responded early Friday by striking six targets in southern Gaza. No injuries were reported.

Related Content

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

By SHARON UDASIN