Skip to comments.Lieberman unruffled by Abbas comments
Posted on 07/13/2009 2:44:30 AM PDT by forkinsocket
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman disregarded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's provocative statements on how he would have constructed the Israeli government, were he prime minister, as an attempt by an illegitimate leader to gain ground by extreme declarations.
"Abu Mazen [Abbas] isn't exactly legitimate, hence neither is his new demand, or suggestion, to replace 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," he told Israel Radio on Monday, noting that the lower Abu Mazen's legitimacy drops, the harsher his demands become.
"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," Lieberman said.
Ministers and MKs from across the political spectrum reacted with disgust 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 Israel Beiteinu chairman Lieberman.
Over the weekend, Abbas claimed in an interview with the Egyptian weekly October 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 PA president said that things would have been different with Livni in the coalition.
(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
“National Union MK Aryeh Eldad responded that he would prefer that moderate Palestinian academic Sari Nusseibeh be the PA’s president and that “if the French want Tzipi Livni to be their foreign minister, we should strongly consider it.”
Lieberman is here to stay. Get over it Pali lovers the world over. It is easier for Sarkozy to intrude in other countries’ Muslim problems than to deal with his own. As to Obama, they’re his brothers before whom he bows.