Lieberman supports Palestinian state

Israel Beiteinu head answers "ultra-nationalist" accusations; eager to work with Obama in next gov't.

Lieberman 248.88 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Lieberman 248.88
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Israel Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman advocates the establishment of a Palestinian state, he wrote in an article published in the New York Jewish Week. Lieberman wrote on Wednesday that while he wants "the state of Israel to remain a Zionist, Jewish and democratic state," he supported the "creation of a viable Palestinian state." Lieberman said he was trying to shake off labels such as "far-right" and "ultra-nationalist" thrown in his direction. The party leader said he welcomed the "contribution of minorities to Israel's flourishing" and did not expect Israeli-Arabs "to share in the Zionist dream," but asked them to accept Israel as a Jewish state. Lieberman insisted that his party "has no objection to the nonviolent expression of opinion," but condemned what he called "violent speech that forms a clear and present danger," quoting Sakhnin's mayor, who during Operation Cast Lead called on Gazans to "block [IDF soldiers] with your blood in order to build the state of Palestine, whose capital is Jerusalem." Lieberman expressed desire to work with US President Barack Obama in the next government. "I look forward to working with President Obama. I know that US-Israel relations are as strong as ever, and that our shared values and interests make our friendship unshakable," he wrote.