Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman discussed Middle East developments, including Israel's relations with the Palestinian Authority, and bilateral relations,Thursday afternoon, during a meeting in Paris with his French counterpart, Laurent Fabius. Liberman thanked France for its clear and determined stance regarding the Iranian nuclear development program and expressed concern about the rise of the racist right and Islam in Europe.
Responding to criticism of Israel's policy, Liberman said, "Against the backdrop of what is happening these days in Syria, Libya and Iraq, the repeated attempts to condemn Israel and apply pressure regarding building in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria [Shomron -ed.] are detached from reality." Regarding steps taken by Israel during the search for three abducted yeshiva students, he noted that Israel is more stringent than any other country in observing international law on avoiding harm to innocent civilians.