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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Corrected translation of Israeli FM's remarks regarding Annapolis Accords.

A great deal of vitriol and rhetoric has flowed in part because of a mistranslation of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's speech. It is alleged for example, that Lieberman said that Israel is not committed to a two state solution, wherease the opposite is true.He noted Israel's commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1505 and to the Roadmap.  Lieberman did not say anywhere that Israel was not committed to the  "Annapolis accord" because there is no such accord.
What he said (Hebrew follows English)
There is one document that is binding on us, and it is not a matter of the Annapolis conference - that has no validity. When we reviewed the basic guidelines [of the government], we said that we honor all the agreements and the commitments of the previous governments, because in Israel there is continuity of sovereignty. I voted against the road map in the government, but that is the only document that was ratified in the government and in the security council - I believe it is resolution 1505 - that resolution is mandatory upon this government as well. The government of Israel never ratified Annapolis. Therefore, whoever wants to amuse themselves, can continue to amuse themselves. I saw all the generous offers of Ehud Olmert, and I did not see any result.   

יש מסמך אחד שמחייב אותנו, ולא מדובר בוועידת אנאפוליס – אין לזה שום תוקף. כשעברנו על קווי היסוד, אמרנו שאנחנו מכבדים את כל ההסכמים ואת כל ההתחייבויות של הממשלות הקודמות, משום שבמדינת ישראל יש רציפות שלטונית. אני הצבעתי נגד מפת הדרכים בממשלה, אבל זה המסמך היחידי שאושר בממשלה ובמועצת הביטחון, דומני החלטה 1505 – זו החלטה מחייבת, גם את הממשלה הזאת. ממשלת ישראל מעולם לא אישרה את אנאפוליס, לכן מי שרוצה להשתעשע, שימשיך להשתעשע. ראיתי את כל ההצעות הנדיבות של אהוד אולמרט, ולא ראיתי שום תוצאה. 

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