Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shared his rival vision of Mideast talks in a speech at the UN on Tuesday, prompting a rebuke from the prime minister's office. The talks are on a knife-edge after settlement building resumed this week.
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“The content of the foreign minister’s speech at the United Nations was not coordinated with the prime minister. Prime Minister Netanyahu is the one who is managing the political negotiations of the state of Israel,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem.
He also said the guiding principle for a final agreement should not be “land for peace” long the mantra of Middle East peacemakers “but rather exchange of populated territory.”
Date created : 2010-09-29