Foreign Minsiter Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Uriel Sinai)
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman denied a report published in Yedioth Ahronot Wednesday that said he threatened to break up the coalition if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not punish the Palestinian Authority for its United Nations statehood bid.
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Speaking to Army Radio from New York, Lieberman said that there is no room for coalition squabbling at such a time when Israel is standing before the United Nations.
The foreign minister did, however, say that in relation to any renewed peace talks with the Palestinians, that there will not be another settlement building freeze, "not even for a day." He called on Palestinians to return to negotiations without preconditions.
Last month, Lieberman came out in favor of scrapping the Oslo Accords if
the PA went through with the move, and ending all cooperation with the
Addressing Israeli diplomatic efforts to prevent Palestinians from being
accepted as a full member-state in the United Nations Security Council,
Lieberman said that "for the first time," Israel has a chance of
stopping the process without the help of a United States veto.
Lieberman also denied saying that Israel would attack Turkish warships
if they were dispatched near Israeli waters, which the Yedioth
report quoted him as saying.
On Tuesday night, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN that the establishment of a Palestinian
state is "legitimate," and called on the Palestinians to immediately return to the
negotiation table without preconditions, according to an Army Radio report.
Discussing peace negotiations, the defense minister said that "compromise will
be painful, but I do not believe that it is impossible," according to