Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says Tel Aviv would annul previous peace accords with Palestinians if they decide to go ahead with plans to unilaterally declare an independent state.
Speaking to Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper on Tuesday, Lieberman threatened Palestinians that such a move could prompt Israel to annex parts of the West Bank and revoke 1990s Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements.
“Any unilateral decision will release us from all of our commitments and will allow us also to make unilateral decisions,” Lieberman said. “For example, imposing Israeli sovereignty on certain areas, cutting off all kinds of ties and transfers of money and a string of benefits and agreements put into place since the (peace) accords.”
Lieberman’s remarks came in reaction to an announcement made by acting Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad about plans to unilaterally declare a Palestinian state — possibly as early as 2011 and even without a peace deal.