Israeli ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman said he supports a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians after he was sworn in as defense minister on Monday. Lieberman is a West Bank settler and one of Israel’s most polarizing politicians. He has stoked controversy in the past with incendiary remarks about the Palestinians and Israel’s Arab minority.

But in a statement to reporters after parliament approved his appointment, Lieberman said he supports “two states for two peoples.” The defense portfolio was previously held by former military chief Moshe Yaalon, who resigned last week following talks to expand the government by adding Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party. The move solidifies ...READ MORE