Israeli FM strongly opposes Palestinians' right of return

Israeli FM strongly opposes Palestinians' right of return
Sun Jan 5, 2014 14:28:06

The Israeli regime’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said that he would oppose any deal with the Palestinians if it includes the right of return "even for one person."

According to Lieberman, some three million refugees would want to immigrate to the country that would be established, and if Israel agrees to the right of return, it will face international pressure to harbor at least some, Yedioth Aharonoth reported on its website on Sunday.

Any proposal Israel received from the international community would be much more comfortable, Lieberman said at an assembly of Israeli ambassadors.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority acting Chief Mahmoud Abbas spoke about the Americans' desire for the Palestinians to recognize Israel, a senior Palestinian politician told Arab media. He also said the meeting between the two sides was difficult.

An executive member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), Yasser Abed Rabbo, said there was no progress in the talks, but there is serious debate. Abed Rabbo said he doesn't think that in the next couple of days there will be an American offer for an agreement.

Meanwhile, Jordanian public officials spoke out against Kerry's plans for an agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Member of Parliament Mohammed Zaharawi said, "the Jordanian nation will not remain quiet while this plot is being fabricated against us and our interests and the Palestinian interests," al-Quds al-Arabi reported.

On Thursday, Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour told members of his parliament that an Israeli political proposal to annex the Jordan Valley is a violation of the peace treaty between the two sides, signed in 1994.


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