Lieberman: Israel Must Fight Illegal Arab Construction

FM: Once West Bank settlement freeze is over, Israel must fight illegal construction in Negev, Galilee.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday said that Israel must focus on fighting illegal construction in the Negev and the Galilee once the 10-month moratorium on West Bank settlement construction ends.

"When we finish the chapter of the settlement freeze in the West Bank, we will focus the national effort on the illegal construction in the Negev and the Galilee," Lieberman said, referring to construction by Bedouin and Israeli Arabs. "We are talking about a total of 100,000 illegal structures."

Lieberman went on to say, "Not all the building is improvised, but rather the result of intentional planning, taking into account geographical and financial considerations."

"There is clearly an attempt to build enclaves that could be separated from Israel, based on similar international precedents," he added.

"On one hand they are formulating the thesis of a country for all its citizens, but on the other hand, building in the Negev and the Hebron Hills near Jerusalem is all illegally constructed and part of a political goal," he continued.

Israeli-Arab MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad chairman) said in response that "Lieberman doesn't stop at any red lights, and even as Foreign Minister he continues to discriminate against the Israeli-Arab citizens.

"The world should boycott Lieberman who says whatever it takes to promote himself as a certified racist," he added.