U.S. Jews Outraged by Lieberman's UN Population Exchange Speech

By Shlomo Shamir and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Published September 29, 2010.

Many American Jewish leaders fumed Wednesday when Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman proposed “an exchange of populated territory” as part of a Mideast peace deal in a speech before the UN General Assembly in New York.

Lieberman suggested ceding parts of Israel with large Arab populations to a future Palestinian state in exchange for Israel keeping large settlement blocs in the West Bank, a proposal which has been part of his party’s platform.

Lieberman also raised the possibility of aiming for a long-term interim agreement with the Palestinians, rather than a final-status one, but warned that this “could take a few decades.”

Many Israelis and U.S. Jews were outraged by the foreign minister’s speech, and several American Jewish leaders demanded Lieberman’s resignation.

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