Israel is paying its military for a “peace dividend,” which it will be “grudgingly” accepting from a “Western partner” it has no intention of renouncing, according to a senior Israeli official.
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel is ready to accept a payment from the United States, the European Union, or the Arab League, according the Times of Israel.
“The West is willing to make concessions on its part,” Lieberman said, adding that Israel is prepared to accept payments from any partner.
Lieberman made the remarks during an interview with Israel Hayom newspaper, which reported on the Israeli official’s remarks.
Lieber also said that Israel does not want to see a return to the “two-state solution” and that the two-state solutions have to be renegotiated.
“There is no way that we should be accepting anything that we cannot live with,” Lieberman told the newspaper.
“We want peace, but we don’t want to be dragged into the world’s largest conflict.”
He said that “some [foreign] countries are trying to drag us into a war with the Arabs.”
The two-sided peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians have stalled in recent months.
Israel and the Palestinians have been locked in a decades-long conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions more to flee their homes.
The U.S. and European Union have said they will suspend financial aid to Israel if the country fails to resolve its dispute with the Palestinians.
Last month, the United Nations released a report on the situation in the Middle East, which said that the Palestinian territories had witnessed “the highest levels of violence, displacement and insecurity in decades.”
The United States has also called for an end to violence.