Saturday, May 21, 2016

Palestinians: Lieberman in Cabinet Means No Israeli Partner for Peace

Jack Khoury,

Image from article, with caption: Avigdor Lieberman arriving to a coalition negotiations meeting, May 19, 2016.

The hard-liner's pending entry to the government 'is a message to the world that Israel prefers extremism, the occupation and settlements to a peace accord,' the Palestinian Foreign Ministry says.
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PA President Mahmoud Abbas' office and the top PLO leadership refrained from formally responding to reports of Lieberman's expected appointment, noting they would wait until the decision is formal.
But a senior Palestinian official didn’t hide his disappointment from the move, while also noting its public diplomacy potential for the Palestinians.
"There's no doubt that his appointment will serve us regarding the international community on a public diplomacy front. Lieberman, aside from his diplomatic positions and what he thinks of Palestinians, is also a settler, and so this is more proof to the international community that the emerging government, including the one leading it, isn't interested at all in an agreement. Therefore the world must stop reprimanding and take the initiative that will lead Israel to an agreement," he said. ...

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