Defense Minster Ehud Barak leveled scathing criticisms at comments made by
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in New York in recent days.
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foreign minister made a series of comments against Palestinian Authority
president Mahmoud Abbas before his counterparts from other countries, and
reportedly suggested that Israel cease supporting the Fatah Palestinian
Speaking to associates, Barak said, "Lieberman's comments on
the Palestinian Authority and its head do not represent the state of Israel, and
harm the Israeli interest. If Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abas) and Salam Fayad won't
rule Judea and Samaria, as Lieberman dreams they won't, Hamas will."
signaled his intent to turn to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with an urgent
request to hold a meeting on Israeli policy toward the Palestinian Authority.