Israel will renounce past agreements if Palestinians seek statehood

During meeting with EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem,
Avigdor Lieberman says Palestinian president prefers confrontation over agreement with Israel

By Barak Ravid

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened on Friday that Israel will renounce past agreements, including the Oslo Accords, with the Palestinians if they continue their unilateral pursuit of statehood recognition from the United Nations in September.

Lieberman’s statement came during a meeting in Jerusalem with European foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.

EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, left,
shakes hands with foreign minister
Avigdor Lieberman before their meeting
in Jerusalem, Friday, June 17, 2011

“The unilateral move at the UN is the end of the Oslo Accords and would be a violation of all agreements that we have signed until now,” Lieberman said. “Israel would not be obligated to the agreements that it has signed with the Palestinians over the past 18 years.”

Lieberman added that there is zero chance that negotiations with the Palestinians will resume, due to the position of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Abbas does not want an agreement, but rather confrontation with Israel,” Lieberman said. “This is his personal interest, even though it is contrary to Palestinian interests and many in the Palestinian Authority oppose him.”

Lieberman said that Israel is ready to renew negotiations and that the ball is in the court of the Palestinians.

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