Lieberman: Settlements are Israel’s ‘Defensive Wall’

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. (Photo: via Al Jazeera, Video grab)

Illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank ensure Israel’s security, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced yesterday evening at an event celebrating the Jewish New Year.

In his toast at the event, held in the settlement of Vered Yeriho, which overlooks the Palestinian city of Jericho, Lieberman emphasized how settlements were increasingly necessary as Israel faces threats from missiles and cyber-attacks.

“From my perspective, it’s clear that the settlements in Judea and Samaria [the West Bank], and those here in the area of Jericho and the Dead Sea, are the State of Israel’s true defensive wall,” he said.

Lieberman used the event, attended by numerous settler leaders, as an opportunity to emphasize his commitment to construction in the occupied territories, alleging that he has done more for settlement building than anyone else over the past 17 years.

He referred to his role in granting settlers in Hebron a separate municipal authority to better cater to their needs and his approval of the construction boom witnessed since US President Donald Trump took office, which has seen the marketing of 3,500 settler units and plans to build some 8,000 more.

Lieberman, who lives in a settlement himself, promised to complete a plan to protect all the settlements with smart fences and better access roads by November.

The speech came on the eve of a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, during which they will discuss upcoming peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Despite Trump also advising Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “hold off on settlements for a bit”, Israel has progressed faster on its construction program.

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  1. Israel, the angry, unhappy and psychological misfit nation it is, full of hate and contempt for the world and human value, is a country that never gives damn or due considerations to international law and always have contempt for world opinion! Israel looks like a strangely disconnected, self-serving echo-chamber. While the illegal government perceives its hasbara efforts to be helping the nation ride high on a wave of righteousness, the sad reality is that the country is increasingly isolated and adrift, cast away on a wave of its own delusion. Israel the largest threat to world peace…”Either Israel needs to stop calling itself a Jewish state or the global Jewish community needs to disavow

  2. The zionist are all ways looking for a way to find a way to justify their actions with some kind of narrative when there is no truth in what they say. As if the world is accepting what they say and we can not see through their act of apartheid. At least the Nazi’s did not make up an excuse for the Warsaw Geto Wall. They were truthful and said, “it was to isolate and cut the Jew off from everyone else. The world is not a kindergarten class that will acept everything as the truth. There will come a day when the Zioist will be all alone, and the world will come together and stand with Palestine.

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