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Israel threatens to expel UN envoy over Qatar cash for Gaza
Published Sunday 22/06/2014 (updated) 23/06/2014 19:48
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Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman speaks during a joint press
conference with his Bulgarian counterpart after their meeting in Sofia
on March 27, 2014 (AFP/File Nikolay Doychinov)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel's foreign minister has threatened to expel the UN's special envoy for offering to help transfer Qatari funds to the Gaza Strip, Channel Two television reported.

Avigdor Lieberman said Robert Serry, the world body's special envoy on the Middle East peace process, had first tried to convince the Palestinian Authority to transfer $20 million from Qatar to resolve a pay crisis for Hamas employees in Gaza, the broadcaster reported Saturday.

But after Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas refused to do so, the rightwing ultra-nationalist Lieberman charged, Serry proposed UN help in making the transfer.

Serry rejected the allegations, saying in a statement that the Palestinian Authority had approached him "informally" on the matter.

"In considering any UN role on the issue of payments of salaries in Gaza that has potentially destabilizing effects on security in Gaza, I made it clear that we would only be able to be of assistance if acceptable to all stakeholders, including Israel," he added.

Israel had been kept informed of all the discussions, he insisted.

Lieberman told AFP he was seeking an "urgent meeting" on Sunday about the row in which Israeli television reported the foreign minister would propose that Serry be declared persona non grata in Israel.

"We look upon Robert Serry's behavior with the utmost seriousness, and strong measures will be imposed," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP.

"The foreign ministry issues diplomatic visas and can also withdraw them," he added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement the premier told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon he opposed the transfer of Qatari funds to Hamas, which he accuses of kidnapping three young Israelis in the West Bank on June 12.

On June 13, the gas-rich Gulf state of Qatar said it would help the new Palestinian unity government pay former employees of Islamist movement Hamas's disbanded Gaza government.

Doha said it would contribute a total of $60 million while the PA grapples with a pay row, the first challenge for a government formed to try to end years of Palestinian rivalry.

The dispute erupted when the PA's Gaza-based staff received their salaries but their Hamas counterparts did not. This prompted Hamas to demand that employees from its disbanded Gaza government be taken onto the PA payroll.

The PA, which previously refused to adjust the salaries of Hamas officials because they were named after Fatah forces were ousted from the Gaza Strip in 2007, announced the creation of a special fund to pay wages while the government discussed how to resolve the issue.
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1 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/06/2014 11:10
' "The foreign ministry issues diplomatic visas and can also withdraw them," he added.' Nu? So go ahead. Make your relations with the rest of the world worse still. I'll applaud.

2 ) Mel / USA
22/06/2014 16:13
Israeli's had better send this Moldovan Mussolini back from whence he came!This thug is BIG TROUBLE for the future of Israel.Is this your face,Israel?Ashkenazi's using'arsim'filth like this child-beater,mafia-runner & 'Ultra'bigot &racist?Israeli's use(demographically)such neo-nazi scum as so-called"Jewish"landfill! We can see what these""Jesus is a SOB","Mary is a Monkey",La Familia,Kach-Kahanist-KKK-trash are doing both to Palestine&Israel.That's NOT a road you should travel Israel??

3 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
22/06/2014 17:21
If Serry is expelled, Israel will be the loser - in a big way.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
22/06/2014 19:49
To Mel #2: 'Israeli's had better send this Moldovan Mussolini back from whence he came!This thug is BIG TROUBLE for the future of Israel...' You're making little sense. Does the thought that he might be bad for Israel disturb you? Are you a Zionist?

5 ) UN / UNESCO
23/06/2014 14:12
Israel is correct - expel those UN and UNESCO bloodsuckers. US should follow and expel UN from New-York. Let those bloodsuckers go to Beijing, Damascus, Cairo, Stockholm, Bagdad, Oslo, Tehran, Moscow, Bangazi, Havana, Khartoum, Pyongyang, Ramallah, Makah, Caracas or wherever they want. Just do not give those bloodsuckers any money.

6 ) BeeJay / Canada
23/06/2014 14:53
When dealing with Israel only 2 things come to mind. BDS & ICC

7 ) Mel / USA
23/06/2014 15:46
2nd post spiked:#4:Colin:'..a Zionist'?LOL! Nice to start a day with a good laugh!No Colin,not a Zionist.With Israel's twisted version of ALL Zionism,that's like asking me if I'm a Nazi.While Israel(a many global Jews)voluntarily walk this"Road Map"of racism,bigotry,hafrada &apartheid,against millions of GOOD Palestinians then no,it doesn't disturb me what happens to ANY brutes,bigots&racists! Israel is brutal Zionism in action,I'm anti-brutality=I'm anti-Zionist Israel.So are my Jewish friends!

8 ) Mel / USA
24/06/2014 00:33
#4:Colin:Sorry,my other 2 replies to you were spiked. No Colin,I'm not Zionist,lol.I'm humanist,inclusive,secular &anti-BRUTALITY!Ergo,I'm anti-Zionist,as far as it's applied by oppressive Israel&the Christian Zionist Evanzealical ego's,who also use that monicker as a cover for false-piety & racist oppression!My long-time Jewish friends are anti-Zionist &they're secular(not Ultra-Orthodox).Global Judaism is no problem. But Israeli-Zionism? Nein danke!
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