Israel's Livni likens Palestine statehood bid to "terrorist attack"

Published Friday, November 30, 2012

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has called the Palestinian statehood bid that swept 138 votes at the UN General Assembly Thursday a “strategic terrorist attack”.

She predicted that the move would weaken Israel in future negotiations with the Palestinians.

“The gap between the government's threats to the Palestinians [and its actions] resulted in legitimacy for Hamas following the Gaza operation and now, also, in legiticmacy to the Palestinian Authority in the UN,” Livni told Israel Radio.

The Jerusalem Post published her comments Friday, a day after the PA's partial statehood bid succeeded in shoring up support from key global players.

The European Union showed a decisive shift toward greater support for the Palestinians Thursday, granting the Palestinian Authority some much-needed democratic clout.

European powerhouse Germany, which was expected to vote against the move, abstained, as did the Netherlands and Lithuania which voted “No” during the Palestinian Authority's bid for membership at UNESCO.

Sweden switched from “No” to “Yes” since the UNESCO vote.

Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, and Georgia moved from “abstain” to “yes”.

Other major players such as France, Spain—who were in support--and the UK—which abstained--were consistent in the vote.

(Al-Akhbar)

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