Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that he still believes in the possibility of a two-state solution and wants to promote this option. In Munich, he also called on the Arab world to help put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Lieberman in Munich, today

Lieberman in Munich, today Photo Credit: EPA

During the last day (Sunday) of the 53rd Munich Security Conference, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and said that he believes that the two-state solution needs to be advanced. He also accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of refusing to resolve the conflict before US President Donald Trump entered the White House.  

Lieberman stated that Abbas refused to sign a peace agreement several times in the past even when the Israeli governments were left-wing. “I think that the basic principle of [the] solution must include an exchange of population,” he added.

The Israeli minister also called on the Arab world to help put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. “The Palestinians do not have a capacity to sign a final status agreement with Israel,” he said. “It is possible only as a part of [an] all regional solution. We must sign simultaneously a regional solution with the Arab world and [the] Palestinians.”

Lieberman also commented on the Iranian threat and reiterated that Tehran poses a threat to the stability of the entire region. He said that there are three main issues about which Israel is concerned: “Iran, Iran and Iran.” In addition, Lieberman accused Tehran of sending weapons to Yemen, Lebanon and Syria.

“If you ask me, ‘what is the biggest news in the Middle East?’ I think that [for] the first time since 1948, the moderate Arab world, Sunni world… understand[s] that the biggest threat for [sic] them is not Israel, not Jews and not Zionism, but Iran and Iranian proxies,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman also called on the international community to follow through on UN resolutions after Tehran carried out ballistic missile tests.