No deal in offing: Israeli FM

PressTV – Wed Jan 5, 2011 3:16AM

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman
Israel’s far-right Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said he does not foresee any imminent agreement with the Palestinians.

The two sides will have to “postpone the political solution for at least a decade,” he told AFP on Tuesday.

He also blamed the international community, including the United States, for “overdoing, overspeaking, and over involvement” in the Middle East negotiations.

“What we need today is a long-term intermediate agreement.”

Last year, however, he told the United Nations General Assembly in New York that “a long-term intermediate agreement… could take a few decades,” prompting a walkout by the Palestinian mission.

In late September, Tel Aviv refused to extend a partial freeze on the construction and expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories, which stalled direct talks with the Palestinian Authority that had resumed earlier that month in the US.

The Palestinians say that the settlement activities are being carried out to prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed Tel Aviv had accepted a US proposal to extend the partial moratorium, but Washington withdrew the demand.

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