Avigdor Lieberman, the former Israeli Defense Minister, renewed his incitement against Palestinian citizens on Monday, according to Israeli sources.
Speaking at a campaign trail meeting in Kiryat Ono, the Yisrael Beiteinu chair described the âconflictâ as âthree-dimensionalâ, âwith the Arab countries, with the Palestinians and Israeli Arabsâ, and that âthe third conflict, with Israeli Arabs, is the most difficultâ.
He added, according to the PNN:Â âWe do not have a separate conflict with the Palestinians, and anyone who claims so, does not understand what he is talking about or is being deliberately misleading.â
âOur conflict is with the entire Muslim world, with the entire Arab world,â Lieberman declared.
The comments were published on Zman Yisrael,Â theÂ Times of Israelâs Hebrew-language sister site, âand approved for publication by Lieberman though the event was billed as closed to pressâ.
Lieberman told the attendees that âthe arrangement must be three-dimensional and simultaneous with the Arab League, with Israeli Arabs and with the Palestiniansâ, and âany attempt to reach a separate agreement with the Palestinians or the Arabs of Israel will fail.â
As noted by the report, Lieberman has long called for a permanent settlement to include redrawing Israelâs pre-1967 boundaries so as to remove major population centers of Palestinian citizens.
Born in Moldova, Lieberman is one of the only ministers in the world who does not live in territory officially recognized as his own country. Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.
Prior to moving to Israel from Moldova, Lieberman worked as a nightclub bouncer. When he moved into an Israeli settlement, he gained infamy when he was charged with beating up a 12-year old boy. He espoused extreme right-wing views, and became a member of the Yisrael Beitenu party, which he now chairs.