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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Weekly Commentary: Liberman Consistent: Border Inferior to pre- '67, 3rd Party-Based Security, Multiple Sovereignties

Weekly Commentary: Liberman Consistent: Border Inferior to pre- '67, 3rd
Party-Based Security, Multiple Sovereignties
Dr. Aaron Lerner 15 March, 2017

There's nothing new about Minister of Defense Avigdor Liberman's positions.

From the very start of his political career he has advocated:

#1. Redrawing Israel's borders to remove large Arab communities. The
resulting lines would be militarily inferior to the terrible pre-'67 border.
While Liberman promises the move would dramatically reduce the Arab
population inside Israel this assertion ignores that the affected Israeli
Arabs could opt to change their official place of residence to a location
remaining inside Israel and/or successfully challenge their unilateral loss
of Israeli citizenship in the Supreme Court.

#2. Relying on third parties for security. In his 2004 book, "My Truth" he
proposed that Jordanian and Egyptian security forces take responsibility for
the West Bank and Gaza Strip respectively. Later he proposed that NATO
forces be deployed.

#3. The West Bank and Gaza Strip not being within a non-Israeli sovereignty
envelope. Again - either Jordan and Egypt or simply Palestinian
sovereignty.

Each of these key features of Liberman's positions is radically different
from those of the national camp in general and Binyamin Netanyahu in
particular.

In point of fact, many of the top people who served as ministers in his
party over the years did not agree with these ideas.

The truth is that no one really cared because there was no chance that any
of the ideas were actually going to be implemented within the relevant time
frame (before the next elections).

Has the situation changed?

Hopefully not.

There is however one concern, and that is the potential damage that Liberman
can do as a defense minister advocating relying on third parties for our
security.

My fear is that the Trump team may cite Liberman's stand to push Israel to
compromise on Netanyahu's red line that the IDF must have security control
over the area of any Palestinian entity.
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