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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Photo by Daniel Bar-On
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Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday that he intended to ask the senior ministers comprising the "forum of eight" to cut all ties with the Palestinian Authority. Lieberman added that the Palestinians are getting ready for "unprecedented bloodshed" after the United Nations vote in September.

"The Palestinian Authority is stepping up its efforts to try Israeli officers and senior officials at the International Tribunal in the Hague," he said. "I will demand breaking off all ties with it – no treasury officials, not the water authority and no Foreign Ministry officials (will maintain ties with the PA). You can't get security coordination (with Israel) and also try IDF soldiers at the Hague."

Liberman claimed that contrary statements made by senior Palestinian officials, who spoke of non-violent actions in September, there are in fact preparations for bloodshed. "The Palestinian Authority is getting ready for bloodshed on a scale we haven't seen," he said. "The more they speak about non-violent action the more they are preparing for bloodshed." Lieberman talked about a scenario in which tens of thousands of Palestinians try to force their way through a checkpoint.

Contrary to Liebermans's statements, Haaretz reported Friday that the Palestinian Authority has ordered security forces to prevent violence against Israel in September.

Lieberman also spoke about the mass protests that took place on Saturday. He said his critical statement in recent weeks were taken out of context. "Everyone is right," he said, "the doctors, the mothers, the teachers and the policemen." Yet he added that "Israel's greatest asset is its economic stability, and we mustn't harm it with hasty decisions."

Lieberman cited his unsuccessful attempts to book a table in a Tel Aviv restaurant as an example of the stable economy. "I was walking in Neve Tzedek and all of the restaurants and pubs were full," he said. "There wasn't even one free spot."