ed note–and the reason for Lieberman making such a statement is crystal clear–
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are to possess and casts out the many peoples living there, you shall then slaughter them all and utterly destroy them…You shall make no agreements with them nor show them any mercy. You shall destroy their altars, break down their images, cut down their groves and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people unto the LORD thy God and He has chosen you to be a special people above all others upon the face of the earth…”
–Book of Deuteronomy, 7:1-8
A senior member of Israel’s new government says anyone who thinks peace can be reached with the Palestinians is “delusional.”
Avigdor Lieberman delivered his assessment Monday shortly before the country’s new government was to be sworn into office. Lieberman, a former foreign minister, leads Yisrael Beitenu, a hardline political party that has formed a joint bloc with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party.
Lieberman is barred from sitting in the Cabinet while he fights breach of trust and fraud charges. But he retains great influence over the new government.
Speaking to his party Monday, Lieberman said the conflict with the Palestinians “cannot be solved. This conflict needs to be managed.”
He also said he would reject any attempt to freeze settlement construction — a key demand of the Palestinians.