Deputy foreign minister says Israel should reject Kerry’s proposal 13Jan14 January 13, 2014

Haaretz    -    12 January 2014

1531220225One week after Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel must accept U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposal for a framework agreement with the Palestinians, his deputy, Zeev Elkin, has come out against his boss.

Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin on Sunday told Israel Radio that Kerry’s deal must be rejected if it is detrimental to Israel and its people.

Elkin said that Israel has suffered negative experiences in the past after making compromises for its ally the United States. Lieberman, on the other hand, last week said that “any other proposal from the international community won’t be as good” for the country.

As an example, Elkin said that experience has shown that Palestinians unleash an intifada when there are “irresponsible” and “hasty” attempts to secure a peace deal before conditions are ripe.

Elkin earlier this month said that “the 1967 borders are Auschwitz borders” and said his party, Likud, has to reject any proposal to withdraw from the West Bank.

Former Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich also appeared on the Israel radio morning program on Sunday, and said an overwhelming majority of Israelis would like to see a peace deal reached with the Palestinians, along with delineated borders. She also criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying he is capable of achieving a peace agreement, but lacks the desire to do so.

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