Shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a scathing
speech against Israel Thursday at the United Nations, Foreign Minister Avigdor
Liberman began a round of talks with numerous world leaders saying that Abbas
Liberman, repeating what he had been saying for weeks in Israel,
told his interlocutors that as long as Abbas was chairman of the PA there was no
chance of an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Abbas was the
principle obstacle to peace, he claimed.
Liberman said that even though
Israel “saved the PA from economic collapse” a few days ago, Abbas chose to
deliver a speech full of hate and incitement toward Israel similar to those
delivered by the leaders of Iran and Hamas.
The PA president accused
Israel of pursuing a “policy of war, occupation and settlement colonization” and
rejecting the two-state solution.
Liberman said that Abbas had no interest
or ability in properly managing daily life in the PA, adding that his only
interest was “traveling the world, inciting against Israel and blaming it for
all his problems.”
Liberman made these comments during meetings with the
foreign ministers of France, Cyprus, Russia, Spain, Belarus, Lithuania, Georgia,
Greece, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Romania, Argentina and Panama. He
encouraged them to “shake free” of Abbas if they truly wanted to promote an
He also told his European counterparts that
efforts by some in Europe to label goods as being from settlements showed a lack
of understanding about the situation in the PA and the West Bank. He added that
this would only lead to a worsening of relations between Israel and the PA and
harm the places of employment for thousands of Palestinians who work in
factories in the settlements.
In addition, the foreign minister relayed
his concern about a trend by some European countries to reduce their involvement
in UNIFIL, the peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
While in New York, Liberman
also met with Ethiopia’s acting prime minister and the foreign ministers of
South Sudan and Uganda to discuss bilateral relations.