January 7, 2014


Liberman: Kerry proposals are the best Israel could hope for (RAPHAEL AHREN, January 5, 2014, Times of Israel)

Liberman emphasized that he supports the creation of a Palestinian state and appreciates the current efforts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to reach a final status deal, but added that he would not agree to an agreement that would allow "even one" Palestinian refugee to return to Israel.

He also suggested that Kerry's positions on the peace process, including his understanding of Israel's security needs and its demand to be recognized as a Jewish state, were the best offer Israel could expect from the international community. "Any alternative proposals brought forward by the international community will suit us much less," he said.

Liberman spoke at the opening of the Foreign Ministry's Ambassadors Conference for heads of Israeli missions across the world. At the conference, which took place at the Foreign Ministry headquarters building in Jerusalem, Liberman sounded decidedly less hawkish than in recent years. The foreign minister who has insisted in the past that a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority was unattainable and accused PA President Mahmoud Abbas of "political terrorism," on Sunday sounded as if he accepted the idea that a Palestinian state will be created in the near future.

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