Saturday, November 14, 2009

Lieberman: Return to '67 borders would move conflict into Israel

(Jpost).A return to the pre-1967 lines, with a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, would bring the conflict into Israel's borders, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday night, according to Israel Radio and other Israeli media outlets.

Establishing a Palestinian state will not bring an end to the conflict, Lieberman was quoted as saying, in an address at the Saban Forum in Jerusalem.

The forum's deliberations are supposed to be conducted behind closed doors, but Lieberman's comments were immediately reported by Hebrew news sites and then by Israel Radio.

If a Palestinian state were established in Judea and Samaria, the minister reportedly added, Israeli Arabs would demand autonomy in the Galilee and the Negev and would build stronger bonds with the Palestinian Authority.