The CBS News website reports today (December 26, 2010) that Israel's foreign minister believes a peace deal with the Palestinians is impossible under current conditions -- and that Israel should not pursue one.
Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli diplomats today that Israel should instead seek a long-term interim agreement on security and economic matters. Palestinians have consistently rejected that approach.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority broke down last September. U.S. mediators have not been able to restart them.
Cabinet Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer warned that if Israel does not enter into peace talks with the Palestinians, then "the whole world" -- including the United States -- is likely to recognize a sovereign Palestinian state, a development Israel would not like.