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Israel warns of massive Palestinians return after peace deal signed

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    JERUSALEM, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday warned U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry of possible consequences of a future peace agreement.

    "It is reasonable to assume that after an agreement is reached, other countries in the region will want to transfer Palestinians currently living in these countries to the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority," Lieberman said, noting that "thus adding an additional three million refugees to the 800,000 current residents of the Palestinian Authority."

    The remarks were made during a meeting between Lieberman and Kerry to discuss the ongoing efforts to reach a framework agreement for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, according to Lieberman's office.

    "This will create a difficult humanitarian situation, leading again to possible frustration, violence and security problems," said Lieberman, one of the most hawkish members of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

    According to Lieberman, "any agreement between Israel and the Palestinians must be based on the strong foundations of security for Israel and a stable economy for the Palestinians."

    On Friday, Kerry also met with Netanyahu and is scheduled to meet with the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the evening in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    Currently, two main issues have divided Israeli parties and mainly caused the deterioration of the talks which resumed in last July amid Kerry's incessant efforts after three-year halt of the negotiations.

    First, Israel demands to deploy security forces in the Jordan Valley, eastern part of the West Bank, on lands set to be part of a future Palestinian state, while Abbas opposes this demand.

    Moreover, several right-wing Israeli ministers are striving to legislate a bill to annex the Jordan Valley, despite the objection of more dovish members of the Israeli government, including chief negotiator Tzipi Livni who said she would appeal the bill proposal.

    Second, Israel is set to announce another round of construction in the settlements, following its release of 26 Palestinian prisoners on Monday.

    For his part, Kerry hopes to get some agreements on the guidelines to be included in a final peace agreement.


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