lieberman - Emil Salman - June 17 2011
FM Avigdor Lieberman Photo by Emil Salman
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman congratulated President Barack Obama Wednesday on his speech at the United Nations General assembly, praising him for not stating that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians should be based on 1967 borders.

“I congratulate President Obama, and I am ready to sign on this speech with both hands,” said Lieberman during a post-speech press conference. Lieberman also stated that he does not resort to “threats” against the Palestinians in light of their UN statehood bid, and that Israel will try to be “considerate” of American demands.

Moreover, when asked about terms for entering negotiations, Lieberman reiterated his previous stance that he would not support “even one day of settlement freeze.”

Meanwhile, Knesset opposition leader Tzipi Livni (Kadima) responded to Obama’s speech, stating that Obama presented the conflict in a “balanced manner.” In her response, Livni said that Obama was correct to demand a return to negotiations, emphasizing that UN speeches will not “change a thing”, and that the future of “peace and security for the children of Israel” rests on the shoulders of the Israeli leadership .