Fatah lawmaker: Lieberman’s remarks threaten Abbas’ life

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Maan News Agency | October 26, 2011

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Fatah lawmaker Faysel Abu Shahla on Wednesday said the Israeli foreign minister’s comments urging the removal of Mahmoud Abbas threatened the president’s life.

Avigdor Lieberman told reporters in Jerusalem on Monday: “If there is one obstacle that should be removed immediately, it is (Abbas).”

He added: “If he were to return the keys and resign, it would not be a threat, but a blessing.”

Abu Shahla said in a statement that Lieberman’s comments reflected arrogance in Israeli thinking, which he said was based on assassinations and terror.

He added that Israel had assassinated dozens of Palestinian leaders in the past and urged leaders to take threats seriously. The Fatah official urged all parties to unite against Israeli attacks.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki on Tuesday also considered Lieberman’s comments a public call to kill the president, the official news agency Wafa reported.

Lieberman’s declarations were “an extension of the radical movement in Israel calling for the killing and displacement of Palestinians, controlling over their land and denying their human and national existence.”

He added: “The last person who has the right to talk about peace and coexistence is the settler Lieberman, who is known for his radical, aggressive and inhumane positions.”

Meanwhile, PLO official Saeb Erekat told Voice of Palestine Radio, “we consider this tantamount to a call for the physical assassination of (Abbas). This is criminal incitement.”

Lieberman has drawn international criticism for his tirade.

UN spokesman Richard Miron called the comments “deeply troubling.” Speaking for the UN’s envoy in Jerusalem Robert Serry, Miron said the remarks seemed intended to “delegitimize” the president.

Criticizing Lieberman’s “inflammatory remarks,” Miron added that such statements “undermine trust at a time when the Quartet is working towards the resumption of negotiations.”

Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, said on Tuesday Lieberman’s remarks were “regrettably not helpful to create the environment of trust conducive to negotiations.”


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