Itongadol.- A peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians is unattainable and Israel should therefore seek a regional arrangement, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday.
Lieberman to Kerry: Palestinian peace hopeless, but Mideast ripe for regional deal
Lieberman, who met Kerry in Paris, said that a comprehensive agreement should be reached that includes the moderate Arab states, the Palestinians and Israel\’s Arab citizens.
Lieberman said that for first time strategic interests between the moderate Arab world and the State of Israel have lined up. Both sides are facing the threats of Iran, global Jihad and Al-Qaida, he told Kerry, as well as the spillover of the conflict in Syria and Iraq to neighboring countries. He added there is now a basis for creating a new diplomatic structure in the Middle East.
Regarding the situation in Iraq, Lieberman said during the meeting that Iraq is disintegrating before our eyes, and that the rise of a Kurdish state is a fait accomplish.
Lieberman also told Kerry that in his estimation extremists operating in Iraq will try to destabilize the entire gulf region, starting with Kuwait. He added that Israel can be an effective and trustworthy assistant to moderate Arab states facing extremists in the Arab world.