PM steps back from Liberman's call for new PA elections

August 22, 2012 15:04


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu distanced himself Wednesday afternoon from a letter Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote to the Quartet calling for new elections to be held in the Palestinian Authority and the election of a "new, legitimate, hopefully realistic Palestinian leadership."

A source in the Prime Minister's Office said the letter "does not reflect the position of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu or the government as a whole."

The source said that while there is acknowledgement in the Prime Minister's Office that PA President Mahmoud Abbas  has created difficulties that have prevented the resumption of negotiations, "we nevertheless remain committed to restarting the dialogue with the Palestinians."

"It is not Israel's policy," the source said, "to interfere in the electoral process in other places."

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