Ayalon: PA request to UN to declare state is idle threat

Deputy foreign minister says Abbas' request to UN is bluff aimed at pressuring Israel, says this shows no real intention to resolve conflict.

Danny Ayalon 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Danny Ayalon 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
The declaration made by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas request the UN declare a Palestinian state is an idle threat," Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Saturday.
"This is a bluff aimed at pressuring Israel," Ayalon explained during a cultural event in Modi'in. "This shows that there is no real intention to resolve the Palestinian conflict," Ayalon continued.
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Ayalon said "at the end of the day the Palestinians need the approval of both the UN and the US and one sided proccesses are not in the interests of the US.
"After ten months of a settlement freeze, Israel had to stand by its obligation to its citizens and to the world. We support the peace process but not at the expense of our security interests."
Ayalon also discussed the coalition and did not deny that Kadima may join [Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu's government. "Kadima can join the government if it fits in with its guidelines ," he said. "We do not exclude anyone and we do expect anyone to rule out others."