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Israel's Lieberman calls for with land, people swap for peace deal

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on 18 Februrary, 2017
Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks at the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at Hotel Bayerischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on 18 Februrary, 2017

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday that he supports a two-state solution with land and population swaps on both sides, Israeli media reported.

Addressing a panel at the Munich International Security Conference, Lieberman said: "A two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must include exchanges of people and land to ensure the two sides are completely separated."

I believe that what is necessary for us is to keep the Jewish state.

 

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"My biggest problem is that today on the table we have a proposal [which] will establish a very homogenic Palestinian state without even one Jew and we will become a binational state with more than 20 per cent of the population Palestinians," he said.

"I think the basic principle of a solution must include [the] exchange of land and population. It does not make sense to create one homogenic Palestinian state and a bi-national state of Israel."

The land swap proposal stipulates that Palestinian towns in Israel near the border, particularly the Triangle area, could be transferred to a future Palestinian state, while illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank would become part of Israel.

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