Tuesday, August 25, 2009

FM Liberman on building in Judea and Samaria

From MFA, 23 August 2009:

...From Israel Radio's Reshet Bet, 21 August 2009
At a briefing for Russian journalists (20 August), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman said that there is a de facto freeze on building in the settlements, because Israel does not want to be accused of subverting the peace process, but that Israel will not accept this situation for long. “We are now awaiting another round of talks with the Americans. In September there will be a meeting with special envoy Mitchell, and I will also be attending the UN General Assembly. After that we will decide what to do.” ...

FM Liberman to Galei Tzahal Radio, 23 Aug. 2009
... we are really not looking for confrontations or friction. We are looking for a positive way to continue normal life, natural life, also in Judea and Samaria, and to try to help the United States stabilize the entire region and, perhaps, to change a little the direction of the Muslim world.

We are open, we want to reach understandings, agreements, also based on previous agreements and understandings, and we will do our best. ...

...There are no understandings that prohibit Jews from building in the eastern part of the city. I would like to tell you some facts that people, for some reason, ignore. Today, in the western part of the city, in Jewish neighborhoods, thousands of Arabs live – they rent apartments, they buy apartments, they build apartments. Private people initiate a private project, purchase land legally, acquire all the necessary permits from the Planning Commission, and the courts also confirm that everything is according to law. What exactly should the State of Israel do here? Pass laws restricting Jews in Jerusalem? We have to tell the United States – if your court would render a decision, would you, the government, act in contradiction of a court decision? ...
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