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Israel talks tough over Palestinian 'statehood'

By Donald Macintyre in Jerusalem

Israel's hardline foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman warned of “tough repercussions” if President Mahmoud Abbas won his UN bid for Palestinian statehood recognition as Mr Abbas returned to an enthusiastic welcome from Palestinians in Ramallah.

Mr Lieberman's warning came as Mr Abbas said he expected the UN Security Council to decide on his application for statehood within “weeks” rather than months.

The US has said it will cast its veto if it cannot command the necessary nine-country majority against the Palestinians' application for full UN membership at the Security Council, which meets today. But that still leaves the possibility that Mr Abbas will lodge an application for “non-member state” status through the General Assembly, where it commands a built-in majority.

The Israeli foreign minister said: “If the Palestinians pass a one-sided resolution, if not in the Security Council then the General Assembly, that would bring us to a new situation and this would have repercussions, tough repercussions.”

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