'Israel Won't be Blackmailed'

Foreign Minister Lieberman to tell European ministers that Israel is willing to talk, but won't give in to PA blackmail.

Maayana Miskin , | updated: 22:02

Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
Israel news photo: Channel 99

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman plans to leave Israel on Friday for a series of meetings with European ministers. On Thursday, Lieberman said Europe should convince the Palestinian Authority to halt its attempts to pressure Israel into making concessions by threatening to cancel negotiations.

"European states should explain to the Palestinians that renewing negotiations is in the best interest of all parties, and that the Palestinian attempt to get things outside the framework of negotiations, by pressuring Israel, will ultimately hurt the Palestinians more than it will hurt Israel,” the foreign minister declared.

"This government has expressed willingness to hold direct talks with the Palestinians since it first took power, and has made significant gestures to them, but we will not agree to a policy of blackmail as a condition for dialog,” he continued.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government has agreed to temporarily freeze construction of Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria and to remove dozens of checkpoints and roadblocks.

Lieberman plans to meet with the European Union's Commissioner-designate for Industry and Entrepreneurship, Antonio Tajani, and with several other senior EU officials.