Israel Rules Out Palestinian State by 2012

Source: NYT, 6-29-10

In remarks that could further strain peace efforts, Israel’s foreign minister said on Tuesday there was no chance a Palestinian state would be established in the next two years.

“I’m an optimistic person, but there is absolutely no chance of reaching a Palestinian state by 2012,” the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said. “One can dream and imagine, but we are far from reaching understandings and an agreement.”

Mr. Lieberman, known for his hawkish views, spoke at a joint news conference in Jerusalem with Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister.

Russia is part of the so-called Middle East quartet, which also includes the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, and which has called for a peace accord by 2012. George J. Mitchell, President Obama’s special representative to the region, was to arrive in Israel later on Tuesday….READ MORE

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