Israel’s Foreign Minister has claimed Jerusalem (al-Quds) as the regime’s "eternal capital", ruling out any peace through negotiation over the occupied land.
"Today, I stand before you in Jerusalem (al-Quds), as Israel’s foreign minister, and reaffirm late Prime Minister Begin’s statement: Jerusalem is our undivided, eternal capital," said Avigdor Lieberman.
Addressing a group of foreign diplomats in al-Quds, he scorned attempts by US President Barack Obama’s administration to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
"Any attempt to force a solution on the parties without establishing a foundation of mutual trust will only deepen the conflict. Peace cannot be enforced, it must be built."
His remarks appear to contradict earlier comments by Defense Minister Ehud Barak who admitted that the occupation of the Palestinian lands could not last forever.
Barak expressed concerns about a recent row between the Tel Aviv regime and the Obama Administration, raising the prospect of reshaping Israeli regime in a way that it could resume peace talks with the Palestinians.
The hawkish Netanyahu Administration has adamantly refused to heed international calls for a complete freeze in illegal settlement activities that violate the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 446, 452 and 465.