Israeli Defense Chief Says No Chance of Reaching Bilateral Deal With Palestinians

Avigdor Lieberman tells former CIA chief Petraeus that attempts to come to an agreement have failed since the Oslo Accords and that a regional framework is required.

Former CIA chief David Petraeus meets with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem on January 22, 2017.
Ariel Hermoni, Defense Ministry

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.