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Israel’s Foreign Minister Lieberman Outlines Options for Israel in Gaza

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman. – Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, speaking at a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting on Monday, suggested the possibility of a U.N. mandate in Gaza after Hamas is toppled.

“There are three options,” Lieberman said, addressing the possible outcomes of the Gaza conflict. “A [diplomatic] arrangement, Hamas’s submission, or a state of limbo where we respond when they open fire. … In my opinion, the third option is irrelevant; otherwise Hamas has the option to open fire whenever it pleases. A country cannot be at the mercy of a terror organization.”

Lieberman also addressed questions about what would happen if Israel topples Hamas, saying, “I think there are a few possible answers here, one of them being a U.N. mandate. We saw a U.N. mandate work in Kosovo, and therefore I think we need to work to bring back a U.N. mandate to the region.”

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