Lieberman's warningsForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned of 'unprecedented violence' in the wake of a unilateral declaration of a 'Palestinian state' by the United Nations in September. Lieberman has urged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to cut off all relations with the 'Palestinian Authority.'
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a press conference Sunday he will ask the government to cut off all contact with the Palestinian Authority, including security cooperation.Haaretz adds:
Lieberman also said that it was clear that with the expected statehood recognition vote at the UN in September, the PA was planning “the worst violence and spilling of blood that we have ever seen.”
He ridiculed claims by the PA that they were only interested in non-violent protests, saying that if they plan a march of thousands of people to checkpoints, and try to pass through the check points, it is clear there will be violence.
He said that the Palestinians were busy planning the details of the march, including how to transport people, and which checkpoints to march on.
Referring to efforts by the PA to take IDF soldiers to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, Lieberman said it was impossible for the PA to have it both ways - to have security cooperation on one hand, and to plan to take the IDF to The Hague on war crimes charges on the other.
Lieberman said that cutting off ties with the PA was necessary to get across the message that they cannot work against Israel on all international fronts without facing any consequences. “They have to understand that there is a price,” he said.
Contrary to Liebermans's statements, Haaretz reported Friday that the Palestinian Authority has ordered security forces to prevent violence against Israel in September.I'd trust Lieberman more than I'd trust Haaretz.
Regardless, it is unlikely that the government will cut off relations with the 'Palestinian Authority.' Nothing would anger President Hussein Obama more. What could go wrong?