“Until today, Syria is hosting the headquarters of terror organizations such as Hamas and the Islamic Jihad. Syria supports Hizbullah and its arms trafficking into southern Lebanon. Syria supports Iran’s nuclear program. That is why I cannot see in Syria a real partner for any type of agreement,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the German newspaper Zeitung.
Labor (Liberal) MK Yuli Tamir criticized the foreign minister for his remarks, saying that “Netanyahu’s government proves time and again that it is being held hostage by Lieberman who drags Israel into dangerous regional conflicts.”According to Army Radio, Tamir said that “within one month as foreign minister, Lieberman has managed to create a crisis with the EU, US and Egypt, and now he is heating the atmosphere with Syria.” Kadima (Center-Left) MK Nahman Shai also slammed Lieberman, saying that “the foreign minister is again setting fire to the political arena, this time damaging the Israel-Syria relations.”
“His remarks, which rule out Syria as a peace partner, indicate a depressing future for the relations between Israel and its neighbors,” Shai said, noting that “all of Israel’s governments, including right-wing governments, have worked to reach peace agreements.” Earlier this month, Lieberman said he opposed any withdrawal from the Golan Heights in exchange for a peace deal with Syria.
“I am very much in favor of peace with Syria, but only on one basis – peace in return for peace,” Lieberman told Channel 2, adding that there would be “no withdrawals from the Golan during my time and hopefully not at any time.”
The next day, Syrian President Bashar Assad said his country would regain the Golan Heights by “peace or war,” and explained that his country supports Hizbullah. JERUSALEM POST
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