There is no chance of reaching a bilateral agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, adding that the conflict could only come to an end within a framework of a regional settlement.
Lieberman told former CIA chief David Petraeus, who was in Israel on a private visit, that attempts at a bilateral agreement have failed over the past 24 years – since the Oslo Accords – and that therefore a regional framework was required.
The thing required the most from the United States in the Middle East is the establishment of an "anti-terror coalition," he said. Such a coalition, Lieberman added, would be comprised of Israel and moderate Arab countries and fight radical Islamic terror.
The success of such a coalition, Lieberman said, could form the basis for reaching a comprehensive regional settlement between Israel and Arab countries. This settlement would provide a solution to the "Palestinian issue," with the exchange of lands and populations, he added.
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