Lieberman: “We Will Cancel All Peace Accords Should Palestinians Declare State”
Friday June 17, 2011 17:13 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli Foreign minister and leader of the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu Party, Avigdor Lieberman, stated during his meeting with EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, that Israel will void all related peace agreements with the Palestinians, including Oslo, should the Palestinian leadership unilaterally declare a state at the United Nations.
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Lieberman stated that a unilateral declaration in this regard would be considered “a violation to all signed peace deals”.
According to a report by Israeli daily, Haaretz, Lieberman stated that “Israel will not be obliged by any of the peace agreements signed over the last 18 years”, adding that “the stances of President Mahmoud Abbas indicate that he is not interested in a peace deal with Israel”.
He added that Abbas is leading the area into a new confrontation with Israel, and that the Palestinian leader has personal interests that contradict the Palestinian interests, and the interests of those who oppose him.
Ashton recently sent a letter to the United Nations, the United States and Russia asking them to hold an urgent Quartet meeting.
Last Tuesday, Lieberman declared his rejection to a European initiative calling for resuming Palestinian-Israeli peace talks based on the speech of President Barack Obama.
In an interview with the Israeli Army Radio, Lieberman said that such attempts are
meant to place the Palestinian issue at the top international priorities instead of the situation in Syria and Iran.
“There are many initiatives, including the French initiative to hold a conference in Moscow”, Lieberman said, “Look at what is happening in Syria and Yemen, we can’t compare the events in the Arab world with what is happening here”.
The Israeli FM further stated that the international community “must set its priorities, and must deal with Iran, Sudan and Pakistan”.