The world must not refrain from dealing with Iran, which is clearly and deliberately become in a threat to the peace of the entire world.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met today (February 8) with Spanish Foreign Minister Trinidad Jimenez.
In their meeting, the two discussed, among other things, Iran and the situation in the Middle East, and FM Liberman said that Iran’s "contribution" to undermining the stability in the Middle East is enormous. He stated "We see its support for terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hizbullah, and its involvement in every point of conflict, such as Iraq and other places, in addition to its unceasing human rights violations within Iran itself, as we saw after the last elections. The world must not refrain from dealing with Iran, which is clearly and deliberately become in a threat to the peace of the entire world."
FM Liberman further stated that "Recent events in the Middle East prove that Israel is an island of democracy and stability in the region. It is the only country that genuinely shares common values with Europe and the US, and it is an integral part of the West. That is also the reason that countries such as Iran want to eliminate Israel from the Middle East."
With regard to negotiations with Palestinians, FM Liberman said that Israel is prepared to renew negotiations immediately and, despite the fact that Jerusalem and Ramallah are only 10 minutes apart, if necessary, we are prepared to fly to Madrid tonight in order to return to the negotiating table. But the Palestinians have no interest in that. Instead, they are doing everything they can to destroy any chance of negotiations in order to continue with their defiant unilateral moves, which contribute nothing to the process and will not lead to peace.
FM Liberman told FM Jimenez that he "regretted what she had experienced in her visit to Hebron, and that it should be clear to everyone that even when there are disagreements, there is no place for such personal attacks, particularly when it involves a high-ranking visitor who has made friendly remarks about Israel more than once."