'This is the reality.' Lieberman
Photo: Moti Kimhi

Lieberman invites Morsi to visit Israel

FM says encouraged by Egyptian president's recent comments on peace treaty. Adds: World not overly concerned by Iran calls to destroy Israel

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he was encouraged by Mohamed Morsi's recent statement by which the Israel-Egypt peace treaty was secure and invited the Egyptian president to visit the Jewish state.


"Those who speak of peace and stability must realize that it cannot be a hypothetical peace," Lieberman said Tuesday during an Israel Bar Association conference sponsored by Ynet.


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"We certainly hope to see Morsi hosting official Israeli representatives soon; we want to see him giving interviews to Israeli media; we want to see him in Jerusalem as President (Shimon) Peres' guest," the FM told the conference.


השר ליברמן וח"כ הרצוג בפאנל. ועידת המשפט הראשונה, היום (צילום: מוטי קמחי)

Herzog (L) and Lieberman at conference (Photo: Moti Kimhi)


Addressing the recent Iranian calls for Israel's destruction, Lieberman said, "Two weeks ago (Ayatollah Ali) Khamenei and (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad both called to wipe us off the map. They used statements that appeared to be taken out of 'Der Stürmer'. It didn’t seem to concern anyone abroad, and when I scanned the global weekend newspapers I noticed that the headline was 'Pussy Riot'. The (Iranian) statements were on page 8. This is the reality and we have to deal with it."


Knesset Member Isaac Herzog (Labor) attacked Lieberman, saying "the person who is leading Israel's foreign policy is dealing solely with internal politics."


Former minister Haim Ramon told the conference that the public's trust in the judicial system is declining "because the law enforcement system cannot, or does not want to accept criticism. Anyone who dares to criticize the law enforcement system is immediately branded as someone who is against the rule of law."


Former Opposition chairwoman Tzipi Livni said lack of trust in the justice system means "anarchy,' adding that the Israeli Knesset "was supposed to be the legislative branch and draft a constitution, but it failed in this mission."



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