Less than a month after Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman publicly declared all peace talks with the Palestinians were dead, the controversial Yisraeli Beiteinu head used a visit to Rome to insist that the government was dedicated to producing a peace deal with the Palestinians, and said he was confident that the Netanyahu government would “reach a secure and definitive peace” with not just the Palestinians, but all the Arab nations as well.
Further pointing to a dramatic shift in the hawkish government’s official position, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon says that, despite Lieberman’s previous claims to the contrary, the government would abide by the commitments of previous governments and would pursue a two-state solution.
The change of heart likely comes from the massive loss of international support the government has seen in the month since the Netanyahu government took over and started publicly opposing peace. Even the United States, notoriously unwilling to question Israeli policy, began to publicly contradict them, though Lieberman insists that the Obama Administration will accept any position Israel chooses to take.
Israel has demanded that the European Union back off its public criticism of the Netanyahu government, and Lieberman’s visit is aimed primarily at repairing the damaged relationship with them. Whether it marks an actual policy shift or is just diplomatic grandstanding, however, remains to be seen.
4 thoughts on “In Massive Switch, Lieberman Suddenly Open to Peace”
So they've decided to play the game rather than provoke the international community.
I truly detest that country….
Sir, what is the difference between Ms. T. Livni and FM A. Lieberman? Former FM Livni was talking of the "peace process" that will lead to a two state solution. She blamed PM B. Netanyahu to destroy Israel's foreign policy of the last 10 years because he does not agree with Ms. Livni, now leader of the opposition. Mr. Netanyahu was quick to answer: You had ample time to come to a solution with the Palestinians, why did you not.; she did not answer, yet. During the Annapolis 365 days of talking, Mr. Olmert, Ms. Livni, Ms. Cond. Rice, Mr. Bush were always talking that peace can be achieved by year end, only a couple of details have to be negotiated. At the end Ms. Dr. C. Rice and President Bush disappeared; nothing was left from Annapolis. Said Mr. Abbas: If the Secretary of State or one of her top diplomats say that there was any progress, then this is not true; if the Foreign Minister of Israel, Ms T. Livni or one ofd her top diplomats say that there was progress achieved during the Annapolis negotiating process then this is a lie. I don't see any difference, not really.
ya , and no parking on the bridge either waiting" for a better bridge to majicaly drop out of the bomb bay next miracullasouly doored?-OO what ,let's power stall,it's that crazy new dance thair all doing over here/there,next to the mOOn,,,let's pull a great divide with our pal the MooN,and see what we get for free/insidously yours toolong too short just right doa-out
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