Israel discusses two-state solution

2017-02-19 22:46
(Tobias Hase, AP)

(Tobias Hase, AP)

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Munich - A two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict must include exchanges of people and land to ensure the two sides are completely separated, says Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The two-state solution has been on the table for years, backed by the United States and other major powers, but peace efforts have stalled and US President Donald Trump recently appeared to put Washington's commitment in doubt.

Basic principle

Lieberman told the Munich Security Conference on Sunday he believed the end-game to the conflict involved a two-state solution but not as many people now understood it.

"I believe that what is necessary for us is to keep the Jewish state," he told a conference panel.

"My biggest problem is that today (on Sunday) on the table we have a proposal (which) will establish a very homogenic Palestinian state without even one Jew and we will become a bi-national state with more than 20% of the population Palestinians," he said.

"I think the basic principle of a solution must include (the) exchange of land and population. It does not make sense to create one homogenic Palestinian state and a bi-national state of Israel."

The future of Israel's growing Arab population is hugely sensitive amid fears it will eventually dilute the Jewish nature of the state.

Regional powers

Lieberman has previously said Arab towns in Israel near the border could be transferred to a future Palestinian state, while Israeli settlements, including in the occupied West Bank, would become part of Israel.

The United Nations in December adopted a resolution that demanded an end to Israeli settlement building and Lieberman's proposals have long been criticised.

But they have begun to gain some traction as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presses the idea of an overall peace settlement based on a deal with moderate Sunni Arab regional powers such as Saudi Arabia in the interests of countering a shared enemy, Shi'ite Iran.

Lieberman opened his remarks to the conference by saying there were three challenges in the region: "Iran, Iran and Iran."

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