Lieberman: Netanyahu's stance on 1967 borders reflects viewpoint of most Israelis
During a Yisrael Beiteinu party meet, the foreign minister says that negotiating for the Palestinian right of return means the de facto elimination of Israel.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman voiced support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stance expressed during his trip to the United States, saying on Monday that Netanyahu's viewpoints "reflect those of most of Israeli society."
In comments to the press in the U.S. on Friday, the prime minister told U.S. President Barack Obama that Israel cannot go back to the "indefensible' 1967 borders, claiming they are not feasible in light of today's security and demographic reality.
Lieberman made the comment during a meeting for his Yisrael Beiteinu party on Monday. He also spoke about the reported tensions existing between Netanyahu and Obama, saying that "there is no need to turn every disagreement into drama." He added, referring to the apparent tension, that the situation wasn’t "the apocalypse."
"Israel is ready to conduct peace negotiations at any given moment, but without pre-conditions" Lieberman said about stalled talks with the Palestinians.
"Anyone who wants to conduct negotiations with us is welcome," the foreign minister said. "All those who defend the Palestinian right of return needs to know consciously or unconsciously, that the intention is the de facto elimination of Israel."
Lieberman continued to emphasize that there would be no negotiations on the Palestinian right of return, "not even one refugee."
The Palestinians have said that they will return to negotiations with Israel only after a building freeze on settlements in the West Bank. The right of return for Palestinian refugees who fled or were forced to leave Israel has been a controversial sticking point in past negotiations.