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Peace is doubtful in light of Arab Spring, claims Lieberman

February 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has said that the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan have question marks hanging over them due to the political developments of the Arab Spring.

Speaking on Saturday just before US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited Tel Aviv, Lieberman said that the treaties did not push forward reconciliation between the Arab states and Israel and added little or nothing to the peace process. Most importantly, he pointed out, the treaties have not resulted in a peace standing on strong foundations.

In the future, he added, peace needs to be made with the people of the region, not the rulers. In doing so, he exclaimed, treaties would have popular support and wouldn’t be subject to the whims of elected politicians and changes of government.

On a related issue, Lieberman described the decision of Tunisia’s Al-Nahda Party to criminalise cooperation with Israel as “catastrophic”.