Monday, July 6, 2009

Lieberman: As settler- conflict of interest, I avoid negotiating Settlements freeze

(Haaretz).Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that he had deliberately chosen to avoid taking part in the debate over West Bank settlement, as his own residence in a settlement would pose a conflict of interest.

"As far as I am concerned, there is a conflict of interest when someone who lives in a settlement, in an isolate town that is not even counted among the settlements, takes part in the issue," he said.

"I would not want to be accused of this when I have made it a calculated choice not to engage in negotiations on the issue with the Americans," he said. U.S.-Israeli relations are "more important than the will of a foreign minister," Lieberman said.

"There is no alternative to our relationship with the U.S., but we will never give up our red lines,
" he added.