Speaking at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy in Washington,
Israeli Ministers of “Strategic Affairs” Avigdor Lieberman said that
Israel has the right to demand all of its citizens to recognize it as a
“Zionist state”, and if they don't do so, they must be expelled; “they
cannot have full rights since they are not faithful to the country”,
Israeli Ynetnews reported.
According to Lieberman, this also applies to Jewish extremists of the Neturei Karta movement and what he described as “the extremist Islamic movement”, which is licensed by the state.
He also attacked Arab members of the Knesset who met with Syrian and Lebanese officials and what he described as “their support to Hezbollah party”.
Lieberman – known for his repeated calls not only to have the Palestinians expelled, but also the expulsion of Arab citizens of Israel – claimed that he cares for the Palestinians, adding that he believes the establishment of a Palestinian state according to the 1967 borders will solve the conflict.
He did not specify the type of state he is talking about or its geographical extension since it would be ripped apart by the Annexation Wall, hundreds of settlements and military camps.
Lieberman, who is scheduled to meet with the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday, said that peace arrangements are all likely to fail if they are signed before “securing peace to the Israelis, and before bringing economic improvement to the Palestinians.”