Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun)
Addressing the possibility that the Palestinian
Authority might unilaterally declare statehood later this year, Foreign Minister
Avigdor Lieberman called such a move a red line that shouldn't be
"Israel has no shortage of leverage that it can use on
the PA" in a way that is also unilateral, the foreign
minister told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.
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also leveled criticism at the international community, saying: "The
western world isn't succeeding at resolving conflicts in the world. If
they succeed to solve the problems in Kashmir, we'll allow them to help us to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian problem."
added, "Until today, the international community hasn't upheld any
agreement signed with Israel - exemplified by [UN Security Council]
Resolution 1701 in southern Lebanon that hasn't been implemented."
Lieberman also said that the Foreign Ministry believes that Hamas is stronger than Fatah in the West Bank.
"The Foreign Ministry's appraisal, contrary to others' beliefs, is that in the West Bank as well as the Gaza Strip, Hamas is stronger than Fatah today," Lieberman told MKs.
He explained the estimation that "Hamas does not want to seize the West
Bank now due to realistic assessments." They are waiting for the day
when PA President Mahmoud Abbas and PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad
"obtain the the maximum that the Palestinians are able to receive from
the international community, then they will seize power," he said.
The Palestinian Authority, Lieberman said, "does not want negotiations
with Israel because they think they can get a lot more through the
When asked about the different assessments coming from the military,
security services and the his own ministry, he answered that "the
Foreign Ministry was the only one that was predicting the fall of
Mubarak from power prior to it happening."
The foreign minister added that the actor who "is exploiting the
situation in Japan and the disturbances in the Middle East is Iran," who
he said is hiding its attempts to obtain nuclear weapons and
liquidating internal opposition leaders."
Tehran, he said, is trying to "penetrate places where they didn't
previously have a foothold such as Egypt and Saudi Arabia, as well as to
improve its cooperation with Syria."