Lieberman: No Chance for Agreement With Palestinians
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the possibility of a political breakthrough between Israel and the Palestinian Authority Saturday, stating, “We are at a dead end.” Speaking at the tenth annual Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., Lieberman said that he does not see a chance at achieving a comprehensive agreement in the near future, Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot reported.
“My feeling is that although there is a desire, I do not think it’s possible. We are not close to an agreement, even an interim agreement,” he said.
Lieberman, who is not directly involved in the current ongoing peace talks with the PA, appeared to be responding to an earlier statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who had said on Saturday just before leaving Israel, “I believe we are closer now than we have been in years to an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
Israel’s Foreign Minister will meet on Sunday with Kerry in Washington. This meeting is especially significant, given that the previous Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, rarely met with Lieberman, Yediot Ahronot said.