Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he was willing for a dialogue with Israel’s newly-appointed defence minister, if the latter accepts the principle of the two-state solution, the media reported on Wednesday.
Abbas made the remarks in a meeting on Tuesday with several mayors of Israeli cities. It was Abbas’ first reaction to the appointment of Lieberman as defence minister in Israel on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
Lieberman, chairman of the far right-wing Israeli Party Israel Batino (Israel is our home), is well-known for adopting radical thoughts against the Arabs and the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, mainly against the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and Islamic Hamas movement.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had reached an agreement to join Lieberman’s party into his coalition.
“Our judgements are not made in accordance to their factional or racial ideologies and beliefs, but according to their positions in their governments in relation to the peace process,” Abbas said.
“During Israel’s experience in peace over the past 40 years, we learned that the right-wing in Israel can only make peace.”
However, Lieberman and Netanyahu said in a joint news briefing that they accept the two-state solution and ready to negotiate with the Arab states on the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative made during the Arab Summit held in Beirut in 2002.
“It is necessary to make a good use of the Arab peace initiative in order to make a comprehensive peace,” Abbas said.
“Fifty-seven Arab and Islamic states will be willing to normalise diplomatic ties with Israel,” he said.