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KISSINGER & LIEBERMAN

Henry Kissinger Recommends An Israeli Palestinian Land Exchange: If you want to be really creative, you would take territory with significant Arab population to help the demographic problem

Kissinger's statement appears to lend support to position of right leader Avigdor Lieberman

Henry Kissinger

The strong showing by Avigdor Lieberman of the Israel Beitenu party (Israel, Our Home) has been a big surprise in the current Israeli election campaign. Lieberman, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union, is proposing that Israel and the Palestinians redraw the old 1967 lines. His idea would be for heavily populated Arab areas of Israel to become part of the Palestinian state in return for Jewish settlement areas on the West Bank. Considered to be highly controversial, Lieberman's proposal is apparently supported in principle by none other than former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Avigdor Lieberman

Does Henry Kissinger support in principal the proposal for a land exchange by Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of the right wing Israel Beitenu party which is making a strong showing in the current Israeli election campaign? In an interview with the prestigious Council On Foreign Relations in the U.S, Kissinger says the outline of an Israeli-Palestinian is now fairly obvious:

'The outline of the agreement seems to me to be that Israel and the Palestinians agree to Israel getting (territory) along the lines of the Barak plan (introduced by then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 2000) - around 7 or 8 percent of territory in order to create a defensible security wall. Israel in return will give up some territory to symbolically balance this and, if you really wanted to be creative, you would take territory with significant Arab populations to help the demographic problem.'

The interview was conducted by Bernard Gwertzman, the consulting editor of Foreign Relations and appeared recently on its site.

Lieberman reaction: 'We are very happy that a renowned foreign policy expert and negotiator recognizes that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must take into consideration the demographic problem. The fact is that demography and not topography is at the heart of the issue.'

David Essing

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