Israeli Minister Rejects Peace Plan

President Obama’s got his hands full in London, and now Israel’s newly sworn in government is piling more on his plate. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman—he of the hard-line Yisrael Beiteinu Party—said today that Israel will ignore the fast-tracked Israeli-Palestinian peace process, known as the Annapolis plan for the summit held there in 2007. Instead, he said, Israel will follow the guidelines set down by the “road map,” sponsored by the Bush administration in 2002, which lays out clear, specific goals required for a Palestinian state. Lieberman has been criticized by Palestinian officials for his positions on Israeli-Palestinian matters; today Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel’s new prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, “does not believe in peace.”