Lieberman: I might join coalition that evacuates settlements
Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman: We can accept a unilateral withdrawal that sets Israel's permanent borders.
Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman said Saturday that his party favors creating permanent borders for the state of Israel. He did not rule out joining the government, even if Prime Minister-elect Ehud Olmert includes a unilateral withdrawal as part of the guidelines for the coalition platform.
Speaking on Channel Two's Meet the Press, Lieberman said that if he joins the coalition, he does not plan on relinquishing the Public Security portfolio.
"I belong to the pragmatic, not fanatic, right. We favor creating permanent borders for the state of Israel. If this matter is included in the guidelines for Prime Minister-elect Ehud Olmert's diplomatic plan, we'll support it. If it will be a pointless withdrawal, with nothing in return and with no improvement in the security situation, we will not be a part of it."
According to Lieberman, the most pressing diplomatic matters include setting permanent borders for the country and adjusting the border according to the demographic reality.
Also Saturday, MK Avshalom Vilan (Meretz) called on Labor Chairman Amir Peretz not to join a coalition with Yisrael Beiteinu. "A government that Lieberman joins will not advance the diplomatic process and will continue the anti-social agenda," he said.