Liberman: Abbas not interested in restarting peace talks

June 26, 2013 23:04

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was not intent on returning to peace negotiations with Israel, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Avigdor Liberman said Wednesday on the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry's arrival to the region.

At a gathering of Yisrael Beytenu youths, Liberman said Abbas was instead set to promote yet another move of defiance and incitement against Israel at the UN General Assembly in September. "At the center of the move [Abbas] is preparing will be accusations against Israel that it does not want to achieve peace, additional hate speech as in previous assemblies and petitions to be admitted to various UN agencies and as a permanent member state," the Yisrael Beytenu leader postulated.

He added that, "In order to enable this process [Abbas] knows that he must initially take several moves to appear as if he desires peace in order to blame Israel [for its failure]".

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