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Israel FM drafts response to unilateral Palestinian state

Oct. 25, 2010 12:25 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 27, 2010 9:39 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's Foreign Ministry planners are preparing a report on possible responses to the unilateral deceleration of a Palestinian state, British news wire Reuters reported on Monday.

The report follows the apparent break-down of direct negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli leaders over settlement activity, which the government refused to halt, despite international pressure and US efforts calling on Israel to extend its 10-month partial moratorium.

In early October, the Arab League said it would be giving the US one month to resolve the issue of settlements, following which it said it would consider approaching the UN Security Council in a bid to establish a Palestinian state.

Reuters reported that the contingency plan on unilateral Palestinian statehood was commissioned by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in conjunction with a report on how to prepare for a nuclear-armed Iran.

A senior political source told the British news wire that ministry strategists have been ordered to draft a paper on "what to do if we wake up and discover the Iranians have a nuclear weapon."

Netanyahu's office declined comment on the Lieberman initiative. A senior Israeli official told Reuters: "The government's position is that all attempts have to be made to prevent Iran from going nuclear."

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