Daily Israel Report

Lieberman Warns PA Ready for 'Bloodshed' in September

FM Avigdor Lieberman warns PA is preparing to attack Israel with 'bloodshed on a scale we haven't seen" in September, says to cut ties now.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 8/7/2011, 2:55 PM

Avigdor Lieberman
Avigdor Lieberman
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has announced he is advocating that Israel sever all ties with the Palestinian Authority.

Lieberman told reporters Sunday that he would ask the “forum of eight” – a subgroup of ministers within the Cabinet – to end Israel's relations with Ramallah.

The foreign minister explained the reason for the move stemmed from the PA's attempt to prosecute IDF officers at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.

“No Finance Ministry officials, not the Water Authority and no Foreign Ministry officials [will maintain ties],” he said. “You cannot have security coordination [with Israel] while you are also trying IDF soldiers at The Hague.”

Lieberman said the PA is making preparations to carry out wholesale bloodshed in September. At that time, the PA plans to ask the United Nations to officially recognize it as an independent country, and to grant it membership status within the international body.
The foreign minister said PA officials, despite claims of “non-violent action,” are instead preparing to flood checkpoints with tens of thousands of PA Arabs who might then force their way past IDF soldiers and into Israel's major cities.

“The Palestinian Authority is getting ready for bloodshed on a scale we haven't seen,” he warned. “The more they speak about non-violent action, the more they are preparing for bloodshed.”