Israel 'won't tolerate Palestinian insults forever'

20th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday warned that Israel would not tolerate ongoing Palestinian attempts to secure condemnation of the Jewish state in the international arena.

Lieberman's remarks, in which he warned there was a "dangerous gap" in relations between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority of Mahmud Abbas, were made during talks with his French counterpart Michele Alliot-Marie.

"While Israel was approving another 5,300 jobs for Palestinians to work inside Israel last week, the Palestinian Authority was presenting a proposal to the (UN) Security Council condemning Israel for every possible sin," he said in comments released by his office.

He was referring to a proposal to increase the number of work permits for Palestinians which has yet to be approved by the Israeli cabinet.

"This gap cannot go on for ever and it will lead to a crisis in relations between the two sides," warned the sharp-tongued minister who heads the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party.

"Israel will not just sit and suffer criticism and insults forever."

© 2011 AFP

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