He told them the truth — after all, the intransigence of the jihad doctrine makes those who hold it see a willingness to negotiate and grant concessions only as a sign of weakness. Lieberman told them the truth, and it made them cringe.
“New Israeli foreign minister warns concessions to Palestinians will bring war, not peace,” by Josef Federman for Associated Press, April 1 (thanks to all who sent this in):
JERUSALEM – Israel’s new hard-line foreign minister delivered a scathing critique of Mideast peace efforts Wednesday, telling a room crowded with cringing diplomats that concessions to the Palestinians only invite war.
Avigdor Lieberman’s first speech since taking office, along with accusations by the moderate Palestinian president that the new Israeli government opposes peace, signaled tough times ahead for the Obama administration’s regional diplomacy.
Lieberman warned against broad concessions, saying they “only bring pressure and more wars.”
The appointment of Lieberman, head of the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu, has raised international concerns because of his hard-line positions on peace and an election campaign that was widely seen as racist. Lieberman has called for stripping the citizenship of people who do not pledge loyalty to the state “” a proposal that was viewed as a thinly veiled swipe at Israel’s Arab minority.
Racist? Really? What about this?
His speech at the Foreign Ministry did little to ease those concerns.
Moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warned Wednesday that new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “doesn’t believe in peace” and urged the international community to put heavy pressure on him….
No worries on that score, Mahmoud. The international community will certainly do that.