United Nations: Israel`s Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that Iran is at the
heart of the Middle East conflict and that a settlement with
the Palestinians could take decades.
Lieberman told the UN General Assembly that Iran
could "foil" any peace accord with the Palestinians, or with
"The Iran issue must be resolved" before there can
be agreement with the Palestinians, he said.
The hardline minister added that because of the
mistrust between Israelis and Palestinians there should be "a
long-term intermediate agreement, something that could take a
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.