Israel's foreign minister said Thursday that there is no chance of reaching a final accord with the Palestinians any time soon.
Avigdor Lieberman Lieberman told Israel Radio on Thursday that anyone who thinks the two sides can soon reach a deal ending their decades-old conflict "doesn't understand the situation and is spreading delusions." What the two sides should do, he said, was to come up with a long-term interim arrangement that would ensure prosperity, security and stability, and leave the tough issues "to a much later stage."
Lieberman spoke ahead of a meeting with Washington's special Mideast envoy, George Mitchell. "I will tell [Mitchell] clearly, there are many conflicts in the world that haven't reached a comprehensive solution and people learned to live with it," Lieberman told Israel Radio.
"But together with this, people made the most dramatic decision. To give up using force. To give up terror. And to stop inciting against one another," he said