Lieberman says Israel is ‘closer than ever’ to reaching a deal with Palestinians

Israeli Defense Minister says Netanyahu investing considerable effort into forging peace deal


Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday that Palestinians and Israelis are closer than ever before to reaching a peace agreement, adding that full relations with Arab states could entice the Israeli government to accept a deal.

“We are closer to reaching an agreement than we’ve ever been before,” Lieberman said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 television.”If someone comes and puts a deal on the table that includes an agreement with all the moderate Arab states, including the opening of embassies, trade and direct flights… I believe that will get a vast majority in the Knesset and among the people,” he told Channel 2.

“I also hope we will actualize that option,” Lieberman said, noting that “those Arab states are asserting that their problem is not with Israel.

“The defense minister stated that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is investing considerable effort into forging a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu has similarly said that an agreement is more likely to be realized amid improved ties between Israel and moderate Arab nations in the region.”There is a change happening. Not necessarily with the Palestinians but in some parts of the Arab world they are understanding that Israel is not the enemy,”

Netanyahu told Army Radio last week.Lieberman also touched on US President Donald Trump’s recent visit to the region, and heightened tensions in the Gulf region, which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and other allies cut ties with Qatar over what they said is Doha’s alleged financing of extremist groups and ties to Iran.

Trump said that after meeting Arab leaders on his trip to Saudi Arabia, he believes that “a new level of partnership is possible and will happen.”While Netanyahu did not share Trump’s assessment that the Palestinains “are ready to push for peace,” the Israeli premier did say that “for the first time in many years…I see a real hope for change.

“Following Trump’s visit to the region, there has been speculation that a Saudi-led initiative known as the Arab Peace Initiative could be revived as the basis for a an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.The initiative, initially proposed by Saudi Arabia in 2002 would extend alliances between Israel and numerous Arab nations for the land seized in 1967, setting into motion the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state.

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  1. Peace? Deal? All I’m hearing about is what Israel is supposed to give up. Permanently.
    A small sampling from the last 3 weeks excluding attacks by Hamas:

    Israeli Arabs strike over death of protester in attack on police
    Arab towns in the Galilee declare a strike over death of protester during anti-police riot. Police say rioter was killed in self-defense.
    Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP, Wednesday, 8:42 PM

    “Stabbing attack in Samaria – soldier wounded
    Stabbing terror attack at entrance to Mevo Dotan in northern Samaria. Soldier lightly wounded, terrorist neutralized.
    Arutz Sheva Staff, 6/1/2017, 10:04 AM
    Police spokesperson
    Knife-wielding terrorist arrested in Hevron
    Female Arab terrorist with knife arrested near the Cave of the Patriarchs.
    Elad Benari, Canada, 5/30/2017, 7:04 PM

    Inside the sports bag: Molotov cocktails and knife
    Border Police find Arab youth in Jabel Mukaber with Molotov cocktails, gasoline, and knife, after their sports bag appears unusually heavy.
    Tal Polon, 5/30/2017, 9:19 AM
    Weapon returned to Jew who shot attacker in Hawara
    The weapon of man who shot an Arab terrorist trying to harm him was returned to him after Deputy Defense Minister intervenes.
    Hezki Baruch, 5/29/2017, 7:17 PM

    Shabak exposes terror cell responsible for shootings
    Terror cell carries out seven attacks, attempts two more; Shabak arrests cell members plus suspected accomplice.
    Uzi Baruch, 5/28/2017, 1:17 PM

    Abbas: Terrorist prisoners are ‘heroes’
    PA chairman praises prisoners serving time for murder and terrorism as ‘heroes,’ says their demands, including more TV, must be met.
    Gary Willig, 5/26/2017, 11:02 AM

    Arab thieves steal equipment from IDF base
    Arab thieves infiltrate IDF Tze’elim base, steal expensive night-vision thermal device.
    Kobi Finkler, 5/25/2017, 12:05 AM

    ‘They attacked our children with rocks’
    Rabbi of Jewish town in Hevron Hills recounts incident yesterday when 6 Arabs pelted 2 Jewish children with stones.
    Benny Tocker, 5/24/2017, 5:27 PM

    Jenin residents caught with explosive devices
    Two Arabs try to enter military court with explosives, get caught, security forces find two pipe bombs on body of one of them.
    Kobi Finkler, 5/24/2017, 10:35 AM

    Update: Stabbing in Netanya ‘likely terror attack’
    Police say stabbing of officer in Netanya most l
    ikely act of terror. Suspect shot and neutralized.
    David Rosenberg, 5/23/2017, 12:38 PM

    Attempted stabbing attack: terrorist killed
    Terrorist attempts to stab border police officers on first day of President Trump’s visit to Israel, is shot dead.
    Gary Willig, 5/22/2017, 4:52 PM

    Bereaved families protest in front of American consulate
    Families call on Trump: ‘As long as PA sends blood money to murderers of Israelis, do not announce renewal of negotiations.’
    Mordechai Sones, 5/21/2017, 10:52 AM

    Go to A7 daily and select Defense/Security under News and scroll down. Even the sites that keep track of terrorist incidents aren’t keeping up. It’s a daily thing. The Arabs simply must go. Israel must expand and the Arabs must go. That’s all. Jews can’t live in Arab countries; Why should Arabs be allowed to live in Israel? Because we’re more moral than them? That’s not being moral. That’s being stupid and irresponsible.

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