vrijdag 3 april 2009

Lieberman acht Israel niet gebonden aan Annapolis proces

Lieberman is niet tegen een Palestijnse staat, maar tegen het principe van Annapolis om direct naar de fase van de final status onderhandelingen te gaan voordat een aantal andere zaken zijn opgelost. Bij de Routekaart wordt eerst naar een voorlopige Palestijnse staat toegewerkt, en is gedetailleerd uitgewerkt wat beide partijen moeten doen om daar te komen.

Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top aide to Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and his unofficial spokesman, said that no one could force the Palestinians to sit around the negotiating table with "a racist like Lieberman."

De Palestijnse Autoriteit is minstens zo racistisch: zij weigert het zelfbeschikkingsrecht van de Joden te erkennen, zij bestraft het verkopen van land aan Joden met de doodstraf en in door haar gecontroleerde media wordt geregeld opgeroepen tot geweld tegen Joden en Israeli's, wordt de Holocaust ontkend en antisemitisme verspreid.

Lieberman: 'Only one document obligates us, it's not Annapolis'
Apr. 1, 2009
New Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman entered his office with a bang on Wednesday afternoon, saying that while Israel is committed to every aspect of the Road Map; it is not obligated by the Annapolis process.
At a ceremony in the Foreign Ministry where he took the reigns from former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, Lieberman said, "There is one document that obligates us, and it is not the Annapolis document," in reference to the Road Map.
He said that the coalition agreements it was made clear that the government would accept all previous agreements, insisting, "There is Israeli governmental continuity." He added that while the government of Israel endorsed the Road Map in 2002, it did not do so to the 2007 Annapolis process.
Lieberman said that Israel would abide strictly by the Roap Map, as well as the two accompanying documents, including the Mitchell Report. "We will never agree to jump over all the clauses and go to the last one, which is negotiations over a final status agreement," he said. He noted that the agreement includes dismantling terrorist infrastructure and setting up a government that can govern.
The Road Map peace plan also calls on Israel to cease all settlement construction and dismantle illegal outposts.
In a speech that surprised many of the employees who were expecting generalities, Lieberman also made clear that he believed Egypt is a key strategic partner and an important factor for stability in the region.
"What is important is to maintain world and regional stability," he said, adding that he was being asked constantly, "What will be with Egypt?"
"Egypt existed in the time of our Patriarchs, and will apparently be in our time as well," he went on. "Egypt is certainly an important factor, and an important country in the Arab world, and a factor that stabilizes the regional situation, and perhaps beyond it."
His comments appeared to be an attempt to assuage concerns in Cairo following comments he made in the past about Egypt. Lieberman said that he would both like to visit Egypt, and would welcome their leaders here.
"I will definitely be happy to visit Egypt, and I would be happy for Egyptian leaders to visit us here, and for the Egyptian foreign minister to visit the Israeli Foreign Ministry. I certainly respect them, and I want them to respect us, on the basis of reciprocity," he said.
Late last year in a Knesset address, Lieberman slammed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's unwillingness to travel to Israel on an official visit, saying "If he wants to talk to us, he should come here; if he doesn't want to come here, he can go to hell."
Regarding Israel's difficult diplomatic standing in the world today, Lieberman noted that this came at a time when Israel was willing to make more concessions than ever before.
In relation to public opinion, he asked, "When was Israel most at its most popular in the world? After the Six Day War, not after Oslo A, B, C and D."
Lieberman added that in order to be respected in the world, you have to respect yourself.
Livni offered a brief but pointed reaction to Lieberman's speech.
"This speech proved that I did the right thing when I did not join the government," Livni said.
Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top aide to Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and his unofficial spokesman, said that no one could force the Palestinians to sit around the negotiating table with "a racist like Lieberman."
Jpost.com staff contributed to this report

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