Israel Foreign Minister: Only Interim Peace Deal Possible

[Reuters-New York Times] Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday he would tell visiting U.S. envoy George Mitchell that there was no chance of reaching a comprehensive peace deal with the Palestinians for many years. "I will tell him clearly, there are many conflicts in the world that haven't reached a comprehensive solution and people learned to live with it," Lieberman told Israel Radio. "What is possible to reach is a long-term intermediate agreement...that leaves the tough issues for a much later stage." "Whoever says that it's possible to reach in the coming years a comprehensive agreement that means the end of conflict, that both sides sign on the end of conflict, simply doesn't understand the reality," Lieberman said. "He's spreading illusions and in the end brings disappointment and drags us into comprehensive confrontation."

2009-10-08 06:00:00

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