Liberman: Cynical of Iran’s intentions at talks

Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman, commented on the beginning of the Iranian nuclear talks that  began on Tuesday in Almaty between the P5+1 powers and Iran, wishing the powers luck but skeptical over the outcome.

Liberman said, “we have no illusions about Iran’s intentions to drag out the process and waste time.”

Liberman called for the powers to take “more practical steps” to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“The international community must rely on its experience with North Korea and understand that sanctions alone are not enough,” the committee chairman stated.

On the subject of the Ben Zygier “Prisoner X” case, Liberman said that the authorities did nothing wrong.

Citing an investigation by the Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee on Intelligence and Secret Services, which began last week,  of the incident in which alleged Mossad agent and Australian citizen Ben Zygier committed suicide in prison, Liberman said that “no fault was found with those involved.”

“Whether it was the rights given to the prisoner by law, before he committed suicide or anything else connected to the arrest of Ben Zygier – in every step of the way all of the relevant parts of the legal system at the most senior level were involved,” Liberman stated at the start of a committee meeting.

“I can say unequivocally that people do not disappear in Israel,” he added. “No one has his own form of justice.”

Liberman also congratulated the IDF on successfully testing the Arrow 3 missile defense system.

“We proved once again that we have the ability to use our great human resources and our technological superiority,” he said.

According to the committee chairman, the successful test will significantly improve Israel’s “active defense capabilities” and freedom to act in times of war.”

By Jerusalem Post


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