FM denies threatening coalition over Palestinian UN bid

September 21, 2011 08:33

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman denied a report in 'Yedioth Ahronot' Wednesday that he threatened to break up the coalition if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not punish the Palestinian Authority for its United Nations statehood bid.

He said that in a time when Israel is going in front of the United Nations, that there is no room for coalition squabbling, speaking in an interview with Army Radio Wednesday morning.

Lieberman also denied saying that Israel would attack Turkish warships if they were dispatched near Israeli waters, which the 'Yedioth' report cited him as saying.

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 another day." He called on Palestinians to return to negotiations without any preconditions.

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