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Lieberman slams EU support for Palestinian bid for statehood

December 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman yesterday criticised European countries that support the unilateral steps taken by the Palestinian leadership aimed at obtaining a UN Security Council draft resolution which calls to recognise a Palestinian State within the 1967 borders with its capital in Jerusalem.

Lieberman wrote on Facebook: “All these actions at the UN Security Council are part of a political attack by the Palestinians and their supporters against the state of Israel. We need to act in a smart and determined way.”

Lieberman said that European countries that cooperate with the Palestinians in these steps can be likened to a person who brings a match to someone holding flammable materials.

The Palestinians are scheduled to address the UN Security Council on Friday to demand the Council’s approval of a draft resolution which ends the Israeli occupation and recognises a Palestinian state.

Lieberman accused the European countries that support the Palestinian bid of acting to benefit their internal interests. “They are not helping anyone, and are only acting out of their own political and domestic interests,” he said.

He called for an Israeli initiative to counter the Palestinian one, stressing that his proposal for a land and population swap in exchange of normalising relations with Arab states and the Palestinians is the key to solve the conflict and foster Israel’s status as a state for the Jewish people.