"Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] isn't exactly a legitimate leader, hence neither is his new demand, or suggestion, to replace [Foreign Minister Avigdor] Lieberman with Tzipi Livni. I see such advice as a blessing. His demand to cease settlement construction is nothing more than an expression of his distress and incompetence," said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday.
Speaking on Israel Radio, Lieberman was referring to Abbas's statement Sunday that if he were prime minister of Israel, he would have appointed Kadima leader Tzipi Livni as foreign minister and not Lieberman. Abbas also recently claimed in an interview with an Egyptian weekly that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu had backed himself into a corner regarding the Palestinians, and that if he tried to emerge from it, he would face fierce opposition from Lieberman.
The lower Abu Mazen's legitimacy drops, the harsher his demands become, Liebmerman added.
"We signed an agreement with the Palestinian Authority, which represents all the Palestinians. Today we have 'Fatah-land' in the West Bank and 'Hamas-stan' in Gaza. Who exactly does Abu Mazen represent? At best, half of the nation," he said.