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Leftist Leader: Liberman Inciting 'Transfer'

MK Galon says foreign minister's insistence on swapping Israeli Arabs for Jewish settlers is racist.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 1/5/2014, 7:31 PM

MK Zehava Galon
MK Zehava Galon
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MK Zehava Galon, who heads the leftist Meretz party, reacted angrily Sunday to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's statements in favor of turning over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) areas within pre-1967 Israel with large Arab concentrations, as part of a peace deal.

"At the decisive moment in the negotiations with the Palestinians, Liberman pulls out the benighted plan of the right wing, and incites to carry out a 'transfer' along with his friends,” she accused.

"The right wing's hysterical members are busy raising the level of incitement and setting the ground on fire, and Liberman has exposed the extreme right-wing face of the government,” Galon added.

While US Secretary of State John Kerry is speaking of a historic opportunity, she went on – “his Israel counterpart pulls out, from the depths of memory, dark and illegal transfer plans.”

She added that Liberman's deputy, MK Ze'ev Elkin, is “demeaning the history of the Jewish people” by comparing the pre-1967 borders to “Auschwitz borders.”

Galon appeared to be unaware that Elkin did not invent the phrase, which was famously coined by Israeli foreign minister, Abba Eban, in 1969.

Galon did not spare MK Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) her wrath, either. “Ayelet Shaked also speaks of the government as a national suicide government and everyone does all they can to divert the discussion,” she added.

Israel has reportedly suggested to the United States a plan to transfer to the (PA) areas with a dense Arab population currently inside Israel. Specifically, the offer relates to the area known as the Triangle in east-central Israel, including the cities of Tayibe and Tira, in which about 300,000 Arabs live. 

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman has been promoting this idea since 2004, as part of his proposal for solving the conflict of the Land of Israel.

Liberman said Sunday: “without an exchange of land and population, I cannot support a peace deal.”

He clarified his idea, “Unlike in the Disengagement, in the case of land exchanges, nobody will be uprooted. The border will just move toward around what is now Highway 6.”