Netanyahu gov't wants peace, not deceit

Thursday, April 02, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday refuted global accusations that he and his boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, don't want peace with the Palestinians, but insisted that it had to be real peace.

In an interview with Ha'aretz, Lieberman said that the new government will engage the Palestinians in peace negotiations, but unlike its predecessors, will not hand out concessions for free.

"Israel undertook obligations regarding the [US-authored] road map peace initiative and it will honor them, but there must be reciprocity," said Lieberman.

At the handover ceremony at the Foreign Ministry earlier in the day, Lieberman declared that Israel was not bound by the conclusions reached at the Annapolis peace summit held in 2007 so long as its partners in the Palestinian Authority failed to comply with their obligations.

Lieberman suggested that true peace won't come before at least one more round of war.

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