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Israel's foreign minister has ruled out any chance of a Palestinian state by 2012, in a statement that could overshadow the latest visit to the region by US envoy George Mitchell.
Avigdor Lieberman told visiting Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov that he saw no chance of meeting international aspirations for Palestinian statehood within 18 months.
He was quoted saying he can dream or express interest, but in reality Israel is still far from reaching agreements...