Sun Dec 2, 2012, 11:48 PM
Purveyor (29,433 posts)
Israel Bids Adieu To Joe Lieberman, A staunch Ally In U.S. Senate
The Palestinian Authority's demand that Israel freeze settlements is "an excuse" not to return to the negotiating table, said Senator Joe Lieberman in a wide-ranging interview with Haaretz ahead of his retirement next month.
Lieberman also called the PA's move to upgrade its United Nations status a "mistake." "The real answer here is for them to go back to negotiations without preconditions. The whole business of settlement freeze is really an excuse. I don't mean it doesn't sincerely agitate them, but it wasn't a condition before. And now when Prime Minister Netanyahu is clear about his support of the two-state solution, and there is an overwhelming support among the Israeli people for negotiations, it only complicates the process going to the UN, and I think reduces the confidence of the government of Israel in the Palestinian Authority," said the veteran Connecticut senator, a longtime Democrat who is currently an independent, in the interview held late last week.
"The best thing that could happen except for the PA government sitting down without preconditions is to be real elections in all Palestinian areas, because part of the problem for Israel is negotiating with only part of the Palestinians."
On the walls of Lieberman's senate office - he has served as a senator for 24 years - are a number of photographs, some with President Barack Obama, others with past presidents and a prominently displayed picture with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 03:37 AM
DFW (23,180 posts)
3. At least SOMEBODY thought of him as a staunch ally
Anyone who remembers the 2006 and 2008 elections might be forgiven for considering him a little less than a "staunch" ally.