FM Liberman Meets with US Secretary of State Kerry in Paris
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Today there is a basis for the creation of a new political structure in the Middle East. Beyond the Palestinian issue, any arrangement must also include the moderate Arab states and the Israeli Arabs.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman met in Paris with US Secretary of State John Kerry. They discussed developments in the Middle East and Israel’s relations with the Palestinians following the establishment of the unity government and the abduction of the three teenage boys.
FM Liberman thanks Secretary Kerry for the United States’ firm position regarding the seriousness of the kidnapping. He conveyed to the Secretary the request of the parents of the three boys to meet with him.
FM Liberman commented that given the conditions prevailing today in the Middle East, it is impossible to reach a separate arrangement between Isarel and the Palestinians. Rather, we must reach an overall regional agreement. Israel’s long-standing conflict is not only with the Palestinians but with the Arab world of which the Palestinians are a part. Therefore, we must reach an agreement that will include the moderate Arab states, the Palestinians and the Israeli Arabs. This is the first time that a strategic consensus of interests has been created between the moderate elements in the Arab world and Israel, as both must contend with the Iranian threats, worldwide jihad and al-Qaeda, as well as the overflow of the conflict in Syria and Iraq to neighboring states.
FM Liberman stated that today there is a basis for the creation of a new political structure in the Middle East, emphasizing that, beyond the Palestinian issue, any arrangement must also include the Arab states and Israeli Arabs.
Regarding events in Iraq, FM Liberman commented that Iraq is dissolving before our eyes, and the establishment of an independent Kurdish state is probably inevitable. The radical forces in Iraq will try to undermine the stability of the entire Gulf area, first of all Kuwait, and Israel can provide support and assistance to the moderate Arab states against the extremists of the Arab world.
Regarding the ongoing negotiations with Iran, FM Liberman noted that a bad agreement with the Iranians that will allow them to become a nuclear threshold state will lead to a nuclear arms race throughout the Middle East, further undermining stability in the region.
FM Liberman meets with French FM Fabius in Paris
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (Thursday, 26 June 2014) in Paris with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. In the meeting the two ministers discussed Israel-France relations, developments in the Middle East and Israel’s relations with the Palestinians.
FM Liberman: Any attempt to establish symmetry between the abduction of the three teenagers and actions taken by the IDF in its search for the abducted teens is erroneous, as it is impossible to draw a parallel between the two issues.
FM Liberman meeting with French FM Fabius
FM Liberman told FM Fabius that the attempt by some nations and organizations to establish symmetry between the abduction of the three teenagers and actions taken by the IDF in its search for the abducted teens is erroneous, and that it is not possible to draw a parallel between the two issues or even mention them in the same breath. FM Liberman added that Israel is more observant of international law than any other country, strictly avoids causing harm to innocents and tries, even in the midst of a campaign to save three innocent teens, not to cause damage and harm to the civilian population that is not connected to terrorism.
FM Liberman further stated that on the backdrop of what is currently going on in Syria, Libya and Iraq, recurrent attempts to condemn Israel and to exert pressure regarding building in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria are detached from reality.
FM Liberman thanked FM Fabius for France’s clear and decisive stance regarding Iranian attempts to achieve nuclear weapons capability with regard to the agreement currently being formulated with that country.
Ministers Liberman and Fabius discussed global developments and the increase in terrorist activities in Africa, which also has an impact on events in the Middle East and Europe. FM Liberman said that during his visit to Africa last week, the heads of state of the countries he visited clearly indicated that the chaos in Libya and massive weapon smuggling from there are one of the main reasons behind the outbreak of terrorism in East and West Africa. FM Liberman expressed his appreciation of French operations in Africa, and said that it is incumbent upon the free world to work together to prevent further harm by terrorist elements to life there.
FM Liberman also expressed his concern regarding the results of the European parliamentary elections and said that the leadership of the European countries must put their full weight against the further strengthening of the neo-fascist and anti-Semitic movements, and that the increase of these phenomena, as well as the increase in activities of extremist Islamic movements, represents a danger not only to Jews living on the continent, as we saw in the terrorist attack against the Jewish Museum in Brussels, but also on the character and security of Europe. FM Liberman expressed his appreciation for the French government’s firm stand against any expression of anti-Semitism.
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