Lieberman: Palestinian Moves at ICC Show Oslo Accords Have Collapsed

Lieberman accuses European countries of abandoning Israel, points to support in UNSC for Palestinian statehood as proof of problematic ties.

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Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
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Barak Ravid

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday told a conference of Israeli envoys in Europe that the Palestinians' attempt to join the International Criminal Court at The Hague "demonstrates that the Oslo Accords have failed."

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Lieberman also said that the Israeli approach of "sitting idly by" and maintaining the status quo at any price has also been unsuccessful.

"The greatest challenge is [promoting] an Israeli initiative that safeguards our interests," Lieberman said, adding that the challenge lies in Israel's diplomacy not with Arab counties, but with Western states and the European Union.

Lieberman pointed to the United Nations Security Council vote, in which France and Luxembourg voted in favor of the Palestinian statehood bid and Britain abstained, as proof of Israel's problematic ties with Europe.

"Is that right? No," Lieberman said. "But we don’t have to be right; we have to be smart."

He also compared the behavior of countries like Sweden and Ireland to the actions in 1938 that led to the ceding of Czechoslovakia.

"They are abandoning Israel, despite the fact that it is the only country that represents Western values in the entire Middle East," he said.

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