Saturday’s comments from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman follow a White House announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel by President Barack Obama, expected to focus on a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Talks have been largely frozen during the past four years under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now re-elected, Netanyahu has hinted at resuming talks.
But Lieberman told Israel‘s Channel 2 TV that reaching a final accord with the Palestinians “is impossible.”
Lieberman resigned as foreign minister two months ago after he was indicted for breach of trust in a fraud and money-laundering case. He remains a powerful lawmaker and Netanyahu’s top political ally.