An Israeli government official on Thursday warned that if Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas carries through with his UN statehood bid next week, "he will pay a price."
"This is a fundamental and unacceptable violation of previous agreements, and Israel reserves the right to respond," the official affirmed.
The official continued with Israel's policy of not specifying what measures would be taken in response to the bid, saying only that this "negative move" would "complicate the possibility of future negotiations and undermine what little trust is left."
Also Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon told Israel Radio that the government would look for other Palestinian interlocutors with whom to conduct a dialogue. Ayalon did not say whom he had in mind.