Photo Credit: Ariel Hermoni / Ministry of Defense
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (C) seen during a visit to the North Front Command.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met late Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the State Department.

Liberman told the Secretary that Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are not an obstacle to peace. According to a statement released by the office of the defense minister, Liberman told Tillerson that “even the uprooting of 21 blossoming communities in Gaza didn’t lead to peace, but rather, to rocket fire aimed at Israel.”


The defense minister also asked the Secretary to review the State Department policy towards the United Nations Human Rights Council and UNRWA, the UN Relief and Works Agency.

Liberman said neither agency has been fulfilling its mission, and the UN Human Rights Council “deals with demonizing Israel and with efforts to harm it by distorting reality.” More than half of the resolutions of the council target Israel rather than address the human rights issues in nations like Iran, Syria or North Korea.

The Israeli minister asked Tillerson to consider pulling the U.S. out of the Geneva-based UN agency, and to drop its funding for UNRWA.