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 â€śconflictâ€ť as â€śthree-dimensionalâ€ť, â€świth the Arab countries, with the Palestinians and Israeli Arabsâ€ť, and that â€śthe third conflict, with Israeli Arabs, is the most difficultâ€ť.
He added, according to the PNN:Â â€śWe 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€ť
â€śOur conflict is with the entire Muslim world, with the entire Arab world,â€ť Lieberman declared.
The comments were published on Zman Yisrael,Â theÂ Times of Israelâ€™s Hebrew-language sister site, â€śand approved for publication by Lieberman though the event was billed as closed to pressâ€ť.
Lieberman told the attendees that â€śthe arrangement must be three-dimensional and simultaneous with the Arab League, with Israeli Arabs and with the Palestiniansâ€ť, and â€śany attempt to reach a separate agreement with the Palestinians or the Arabs of Israel will fail.â€ť
As noted by the report, Lieberman has long called for a permanent settlement to include redrawing Israelâ€™s 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.
Chris Carlson is a student of religion at Mount Mercy University, United States, and has been a regular volunteer with the IMEMC since 2013. He assisted in providing extensive coverage of the 2014 Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip and continues, into the present day, with the issues at hand. He can be reached via email at c h r i s @ i m e m c . o r g.