Lieberman says “Abbas, greatest obstacle to peace” 20Jun12 June 20, 2012

IMEMC  -  19 June 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, of the far right-wing extremist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) Party, stated that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, is an “obstacle to the peace process”, and added that should Abbas remain in power the peace process will fail to advance.

His statements came during a session, at the Knesset, with members of his party’s parliamentary bloc. He also “denounced” the statements of Abbas who said that the settler, who killed two Palestinians in the southern West bank city of Hebron two days ago, committed a cold-blooded crime.

Lieberman said that “this person (Abbas) who failed to reach an agreement with former Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, and former Foreign Minister, Tzipi Livni, during the Annapolis conference in 2007, will not be able to reach a peace deal with the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu”, the Palestine Press News Agency reported.

He added that “what Israel did over the last 24 hours was the prevention of the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers”.

The Palestinian Authority (P.A.) in the West Bank said that it cannot return to the negotiation table with Israel before Tel Aviv halts all of its violations against the Palestinians, and before it stops the illegal construction and expansion of settlement construction in the occupied West Bank and in occupied East Jerusalem.

The P.A. said that Israel must clearly recognize the Palestinian right to statehood, with East Jerusalem as the capital of the future state, before peace talks can resume.

Israel and the United States imposed financial sanctions on the P.A. in an attempt to force it to return to the negotiation table, without any Israeli commitment regarding halting its violations in occupied Palestine. The violations also include home demolition in occupied East Jerusalem, and settler takeover of Palestinian homes in the occupied city.

This is not the first time Lieberman attacks Abbas and describes him as an obstacle to peace. In October of last year, Lieberman said that Abbas “is the greatest obstacle to peace in the region”.

On Tuesday, Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip reported that medics located the bodies of two children under the rubble of a building that came under Israeli fire and shells, east of Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza. The death of the two children brings the death toll of Palestinians killed by army fire and shells to 6 in the last 24 hours.

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