Jordan rejects Lieberman comments as 'nonsense'

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November 19, 2006 22:39
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Jordan rejects calls by Israel's deputy prime minister to ignore the moderate Palestinian president walk away from international peace efforts, the chief government spokesman said Sunday. Nasser Judeh said the government "rejected" the remarks, saying they "don't make any sense." Avigdor Lieberman told Israel Radio Saturday that the Jewish state should assassinate Hamas' leadership, ignore Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and walk away from international peace efforts. He said he believed the Palestinians are not interested in setting up their own state, but rather in destroying Israel. Judeh told The Associated Press, "The only solution that guarantees security and peace in the region ... is the establishment of an independent Palestinian state." "The only way to achieve this is through direct negotiations with the concerned party, which is the Palestinians," Judeh said. "Threats to use force and violence will only lead to more violence." A spokeswoman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Avigdor's remarks, were the deputy's personal views - not Israeli policy. Lieberman's statement came as the rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, moved forward in talks on forming a unity government. Abbas of the moderate Fatah party hopes the coalition deal will enable him to revive peace efforts with Israel. Jordan is one of two Arab nations to have signed a peace treaty with Israel. The country's moderate ruler, King Abdullah II - a key U.S. ally - maintains cordial relations with the Palestinian leader and is actively working to revive Mideast peacemaking.

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