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Cut ties with Palestinians: Israeli minister

Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib denied the Palestinians were preparing for violence.



Jerusalem: The Palestinian Authority plans
"unprecedented bloodshed" next month after an expected
symbolic UN endorsement of Palestinian independence, Foreign
Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday, calling for Israel to
severe ties with the West Bank-based government.

The allegation runs counter to other Israeli assessments
and stands in stark contrast to public and private statements
by the Palestinians.

"They say they don`t want violence but the Palestinian
Authority is planning unprecedented bloodshed," his spokesman
Tzachi Moshe quoted Lieberman as saying.
"They are going to send waves of people to storm
roadblocks," Lieberman said, according to his spokesman.

"Israel should cut all ties with them."

Lieberman did not provide evidence for his claim that
Palestinians were getting ready for mass violent
demonstrations. Moshe said Lieberman drew his conclusions from
intelligence reports and public statements by Palestinian
officials.

He said the foreign minister would ask the government to
cut ties with the Palestinian Authority when the Cabinet
convenes again next Sunday.

Palestinian spokesman Ghassan Khatib denied the
Palestinians were preparing for violence. "These Israeli
predictions of violence aren`t true. Israel is trying to fuel
a fake picture of what will happen in September."

PTI

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