Speaking today after “closed-door discussions,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily condemned the Palestinian Authority, saying they were violating the “central tenet” of the Oslo accords by refusing to hold direct negotiations without any preconditions.
The PA has insisted the talks will only come if Israel agrees to halt the expansion of settlements, saying it does no good to start negotiations on final territorial boundaries if Israel keeps expanding settlements deeper into that territory.
Netanyahu also condemned UNESCO’s recognition of Palestine as a member, and reportedly the “Inner Cabinet” of Israel will be holding additional meetings throughout the week on further measures to “punish” the Palestinians for being recognized.
Though Israel’s moves against the PA have been criticized internationally, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was necessary to punish them because they are “murderers” and demanded that the rest of the world stop complaining about settlement expansions.
4 thoughts on “Israeli Cabinet to Discuss More Measures Against Palestinians”
No preconditions like no right of return for Palestinian refugees. No halt to illegal settlement building. No right of passage between Gaza and the West Bank. Aye, sure!
Palestine must first recognize isreal as a jewish state. Sure sounds like a precondition to me.
Just imagine that we in the US actually give money to these leaders of Isreal. That can't be good.
What else is left? What can they possibly do that they're not doing already? Last week, I read that they finally succeeded in stealing their taxes altogether while building another 2,000 illegal houses on stolen land. There's not much left anymore. We can pretty much sit back now and watch the Palestinians multiply and take their land back.
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