Jordan rejects Lieberman remarks on Palestinians

Jordan rejected calls by Israel's deputy prime minister on Sunday 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."