Lieberman: PA State Means Rockets on Gush Dan

Kassam rockets will strike metropolitan Tel Aviv if the Palestinian Authority becomes a state, Foreign Minister Lieberman warns.

Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu ,

Coming soon to Tel Aviv?
Coming soon to Tel Aviv?
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Kassam rockets will strike metropolitan Tel Aviv if the Palestinian Authority receives an independent state, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Monday.

Speaking to media prior to a discussion on Wednesday with the Quartet – the United States, European Union, Russia and the United Nations – the plain-speaking and often outspoken Foreign Minister declared, “The moment that they [the Palestinian Authority] receive an independent country, there will be Kassam rockets on Kfar Saba and Herzliya [parts of metropolitan Tel Aviv] within a year.

The question is if we will see them over Gush Dan, and the answer is, “yes – not 100 percent, but 200 percent.

“If we reach a stable agreement with the Palestinian Authority, I am prepared to go with it, but right now all that I see is the opposite. The moment that they receive an independent country, there will be Kassam rockets.”

He castigated PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whom he labeled “the biggest obstacle to an agreement between the Palestinian Authority and us.”

Lieberman charged that Abbas is threatened by what he “sees happening to all of his colleagues – Qaddafi, Mubarak and others… This is not just a threat – it also is a blessing [because] anyone who follows him would be better.

“He deals only with his private agenda and the only thing that is important to him is his place in history and how he will spend the rest of his life in leisure and luxury.”

As for another American-backed building freeze in building for Jews in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, he said it won’t happen.



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