Lieberman: Israeli government cannot agree on peace plan

Posted: December 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , | 10 Comments »

But clearly, the Palestinians are to blame for negotiations’ failure

Even before the administration’s peace effort collapsed, speakers for Israel were pulling the old “Arab Rejectionism” card to defend Jerusalem’s decision to prefer settlements over talks. Prime Minister Netanyahu wanted a Palestinian state, they explained, but Abu Mazen refused to negotiate.

One thing you can’t take from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is his ability to say things as they really are. The Israeli government cannot even come up with a peace offer, he explained yesterday, let alone implement one:

“In the current political situation, I don’t think it’s possible to find a common denominator between [Shas chairman] Eli Yishai and [Labor chairman] Ehud Barak or between me and [dovish Likud minister] Dan Meridor, or even within Likud, between [ministers] Benny Begin and Michael Eitan,” [Lieberman] explained. “In the existing political circumstances, it’s not possible to present a diplomatic plan for a final-status agreement, because the coalition will simply no longer exist.”

The best thing was Netanyahu’s comment on this: He actually explained that his Foreign Minister does not represent the Israeli government.


10 Comments on “Lieberman: Israeli government cannot agree on peace plan”

  1. 1 maayan said at 3:28 pm on December 27th, 2010:

    Noam, your friends at 972 have began to moderate my posts, I believe with intention to censor me.

    I’m extremely disappointed that it took all of two days for censorship to be initiated instead of debate. I’m not surprised, though. And I believe you should ask yourself why the leftist sites and groups always shut down dissent and debate.

  2. 2 rick said at 4:03 pm on December 27th, 2010:

    hi maayan, so as usual feel welcome to write here!

  3. 3 noam said at 5:10 am on December 28th, 2010:

    Maayan:

    I don’t see a reason your comments should be censored, and if you can be more specific I will look into this.

    note that comments on +972 are approved manually (unlike on this blog), so sometimes they take a bit to be posted.

  4. 4 Maayan said at 2:55 pm on December 28th, 2010:

    Initially, my comments were approved automatically except for one that included three links (which is understandable and standard procedure). However, by the second day all my comments were inspected first before being released. They have now all been published.

  5. 5 noam said at 12:23 am on December 29th, 2010:

    Maayan: We have yet to figure the ways of the comments system on 972. There weren’t any intentional delays, certainly not because of political views.

  6. 6 maayan said at 9:15 am on December 29th, 2010:

    It’s fine, thanks. I haven’t had a problem today (though I suspect I haven’t made any friends there…).

  7. 7 Tom Mitchell said at 6:01 pm on December 29th, 2010:

    Once again we have illustrated what Yossi Alpher of APN and formerly of the Mossad refers to as “the toxic combination of the Israeli party system and the Palestinian question.” Rather than pursuing democracy in Iraq and other deserts, the U.S. should work on more fertile ground and assist Israel in creating a more functional democracy. Instead of trying to export Jeffersonian democracy to Iraq, we should try to transform a Weimar dobbleganger into something more like Ireland or Spain.

  8. 8 rick said at 7:47 am on December 31st, 2010:

    tom…mh why do you think israel is a weimar doppelgaenger? i dont think this conclusion matches very well.

  9. 9 Tom Mitchell said at 8:30 am on December 31st, 2010:

    Rick,
    Maybe it would be more accurate to say that Israel’s partistaat or party system is a doppelganger for Weimar’s. Israel is fortunately not cursed with strong anti-democratic parties on both poles as Weimar was. The anti-democrats seem largely confined to the right wing in the Israel Beitenu party. Israel is much more similar to the French Fourth Republic, but I suspect that many more Israelis are familiar with Weimar by reputation than with the Fourth Republic.

  10. 10 rick said at 11:28 am on December 31st, 2010:

    ah…okay, in this case it might match a bit.