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Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says the international community must stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lieberman, who is the chairman of Israel’s Knesset foreign affairs and defense committee, said any meddling by the international community will result in moving farther away from peace. Speaking on Iran’s nuclear energy program, Lieberman echoed the recent anti-Iran rhetoric made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had threatened to take unilateral action against Iran. “It’s better to be alone and stay alive rather than toe the line and go up in flames,” Lieberman said. “We are ready for such situation. Currently smiles are being supplied and the West is willing to buy these smiles rather than deploying warships,” he added. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly session on Tuesday, Netanyahu threatened unilateral military action against Iran to dismantle the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear facilities. He repeated his baseless accusation that Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, saying, “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.” Netanyahu’s anti-Iran rhetoric came after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a landmark telephone conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama On September 27, mainly focusing on Iran’s nuclear energy program. It was the first direct communication between an Iranian and a US president since the victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution more than three decades ago. The two presidents stressed Tehran and Washington’s political will to swiftly resolve the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program, which the United States, Israel and some of their allies claim has non-civilian purposes. Iran has categorically rejected the allegation. PG/NN/AS
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