Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on the Middle East peacemaking Quartet to force elections on Palestinians in a bid to oust Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmud Abbas.
In a letter sent on Tuesday to the Quartet's top diplomats, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, Lieberman said that Abbas "apparently is uninterested or unable... to reach an agreement which would bring an end to the conflict".
"The time has come to consider a creative solution, to think 'outside the box,' in order to strengthen the Palestinian leadership," wrote Lieberman.
"General elections in the PA should be held, and a new, legitimate, hopefully realistic Palestinian leadership should be elected."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office rushed to say that Lieberman’s remarks didn’t represent the Zionist entity’s government
"The letter of the foreign minister does not represent the opinion of the prime minister or the government," an official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"We continue to work with the Palestinian leadership to restart the dialogue and of course Israel will not interfere in internal Palestinian politics," the official added.