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'Stern nationalist.' Jones Photo: Ofer Amram
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'Seperation good for national security.' Lieberman Photo: Noam Moskowitz
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WikiLeaks: Lieberman wanted Egypt to give land to Gaza

Leaked minutes from 2006 meeting between FM-to be, American ambassador reveal Yisrael Beiteinu chair proposed to demarcate Palestinian border, have Cairo give 'overcrowded Gaza' land

Ronen Medzini
Published: 08.26.11, 00:22 / Israel News

A new document posted on the WikiLeaks website reveals that prior to becoming the foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman suggested that Egypt should give Gaza Strip some of its territory.

 

According to protocols from a 2006 meeting between Lieberman and then-United States Ambassador Richard Jones, the foreign minister-to be suggested to demarcate the border with the Palestinians in a way that would include Egypt.

 

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The leaked document stated that Lieberman claimed Egypt should be part of the solution to the regional conflict, by handing some of its territory to Gaza, which he described as "overcrowded."

 

In a document summarizing the meeting, the American ambassador penned his impression of the Israeli politician, describing him as a staunch supporter of the settlement project and a stern nationalist.

 

The ambassador noted that Lieberman had said to him that "separating between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs is vital in order to maintain Israel's security and preserve its Jewish identity."

 


'Staunch supporter of settlement project' (Photo: Reuters)

 

In order to implement the plan, the Yisrael Beiteinu chairman proposed that "Israel redraws its borders with the West Bank through negotiations, in order to place populated Arab-Israeli centers that are close to the Green Line within the Palestinian territory."

 

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At the same time, Lieberman demanded that settlement blocs in proximity with the Green Lone remain under Israel's sovereignty.

 

According to the website, Lieberman also raised the issue of pledging a loyalty oath to the State, proposing that every citizen signs an pledge of allegiance .

 

"Other than the Bedouins in the north, very few Arab Muslims will sign such a pledge," he estimated, claiming their only motivation to stay in Israel is to receive the social benefits that the state offers.

 

Lieberman further noted that unlike them, the Druze population has a long history of loyalty to the State, adding that they perform full military service.

 

 

 

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