[Saturday, May 17, 2014] Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that his Ministry has an alternate plan to use following the collapse of direct talks with the Palestinians, and that he presented his plan to Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Lieberman said the time has not come for officially presenting his âalternate planâ, but it could be presented, later on, depending on developments, the Ma’an News Agency has reported.
Speaking to Israelâs Channel 2, Lieberman alleged that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, became an obstacle, as he âfailed to be a partner in peaceâ, and it became âimpossible to reach a compromise with himâ.
Lieberman further stated that Israel should be holding talks with Palestinian businessmen who reject Hamas, adding that many businessmen, in the West Bank and abroad, âcan be talked to and are willing to discuss plansâ.
The official, a settler himself living in an illegal settlement in the West Bank, said there are differences in stances between the United States and Israel, and added that âeven close friends differ, and commit mistakesâ.
âThe Americans are mistaken, especially when it comes to Israelâs settlement activities,â Lieberman stated. âThey were also mistaken when the forced Israel to accept the Hamas rule after the Palestinian elections of 2006.â
Lieberman, who chairs Israel Our Home fundamentalist party, and once a member of the extreme, Israeli-outlawed Kach movement, served several positions in Israel and its Knesset.
He was also known for his statements against the Arabs in the country, considering them a âstrategic threatâ to Israel, and sometimes describing them as a âdemographic threatâ, in addition of his calls for âtransferring the Palestiniansâ to Arab countries, and other smaller parts in Palestine.