FM Liberman meets with Israeli ambassadors to the EU 11 Nov 2012
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministerís Press Advisor)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met
today (Sunday 11 November 2012) and last Friday with Israeli ambassadors to
the European Union.
FM Liberman, the ambassadors and senior MFA staff members discussed the
Israel response to the Palestinian intent to submit a bid to the General
Assembly for non-state membership of the United Nations.
At the meeting, the ambassadors presented the positions of the countries in
which they serve, and expressed their opinion regarding the desired response
to the Palestinian initiative.
FM Liberman and the senior MFA staff members presented a comprehensive
analysis of the situation and instructed them on the desired actions to be
taken in the countries in which they serve. FM Liberman will present the
political position and the desired response to the Palestinian initiative in
a meeting to be held with the prime minister at the decision-makers level.
FM Liberman told the ambassadors that during the four years that the present
government has been in power, Israel approached the Palestinian Authority
many times with the intent of renewing direct negotiations, but the
Palestinians chose to avoid the issue and preferred to blame Israel for all
their problems. FM Liberman stated that the Palestinians have no interest in
returning to the negotiation table, and instead prefer to erode the Israeli
position further and further.
FM Liberman added that the fact that the PA chairman has not condemned or
even acknowledged the recently renewed Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza to
southern Israel raises once again questions as to which sector of the
Palestinian population Abu Mazen represents, if at all, what responsibility
does he have for these attacks, and what intrinsic value will any
arrangement with him have?