One thing you have to say for Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman, he puts to rest any illusions about Israel wanting peace with the Palestinians. That much is obvious from Lieberman's open threats of what Israel has in store for the Palestinians if they dare claim Palestinian statehood.
"Any unilateral decision will release us from all of our commitments and will allow us also to make unilateral decisions," Avigdor Lieberman was quoted as saying by the Ynet news Web site. "For example, imposing Israeli sovereignty on certain areas, cutting off all kinds of ties and transfers of money and a string of benefits and agreements put into place since the Oslo accords."
Under American pressure, Israel has imposed a 10-month slowdown on West Bank construction, but the order does not include east Jerusalem. "I think we have to make clear to Obama that we are not only not freezing construction in Jerusalem, but after the 10-month freeze we will go back to building" in the West Bank, Lieberman said.
What Lieberman is saying is that Israel is an outlaw state that will take Palestinian territory when and as it chooses, particularly if the Palestinians seek international recognition of statehood.
Sorry Michael. I know you'll grovel for votes but if you can't stand up to confront this sort of thing, you're a piss-poor excuse for a Liberal leader.