Israel's Lieberman Says It's `Unrealistic' to Seek Peace Agreement in 2011

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said a peace agreement with the Palestinians under current conditions is not possible and any attempts to reach a deal in the coming year are “unrealistic.”

“Even if we offered the Palestinians Tel Aviv,” they would find a way not to accept a peace deal with Israel, Lieberman told an Israeli diplomatic gathering in remarks later broadcast on Channel 2 television.

The foreign minister also said Israel would not apologize to Turkey for its May 31 naval raid on a Gaza Strip-bound flotilla during which nine of its citizens were killed, and criticized what he called the “lies” of the Turkish government.

The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later released a statement saying Lieberman’s remarks represented his personal views and not the policies of the government.

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