Iran is the key to Mideast solution, says Lieberman

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that Iran is at the heart of the Middle East conflict and that a settlement with the Palestinians could take decades.

Iran could “foil” any peace accord with the Palestinians or with Lebanon, Lieberman said, adding that “the Iran issue must be resolved” before there can be an agreement with the Palestinians.

He also said that because of the mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians, there should be "a long-term intermediate agreement, something that could take a few decades."

Lieberman made no mention of the end of the Israeli moratorium on settlement building in the West Bank.

But speaking of the prospects for a settlement, he told the assembly, “We are ready for a fair solution and we are ready to cooperate with the international community. However, we are not ready to compromise our national security or the vital interests of the state of Israel.”

Palestinian leaders have threatened to withdraw from US-brokered peace talks because of the end of the moratorium on Sunday.

-AFP/NOW Lebanon

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