Palestinian lecturer on official PA TV:
Tzipi Livni murdered "an Iraqi nuclear scientist and she killed him with poison" "These threats (against Mahmoud Abbas) must be taken seriously"
PA Chairman Abbas' spokesperson:
"Statements made by Tzipi Livni should be considered official threats... [and] make her a party that cannot be negotiated with"
By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Palestinian spokespeople have been presenting Israeli MP Tzipi Livni's statements that Abbas will have to pay the price for the peace talks' failure if he doesn't moderate his positions, as actual, personal threats to Abbas:
Muhammad Abu Saada, a lecturer in International Law at the University of Palestine in Gaza was interviewed by PA TV. He asserted that Livni's threats should be taken seriously since she murdered "an Iraqi nuclear scientist and poisoned him to death," and therefore, may commit murder again.
"Spokesman for PA Chairman Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeina said that statements made by Minister of Justice and head of the Israeli negotiating team Tzipi Livni should be considered official threats and are unacceptable... He added that Livni's statements make her a party that cannot be negotiated with... It should be noted that Livni warned President Abbas that, 'He will pay the price for adhering to his positions.'" [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
, Jan. 27, 2014]
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The following is a transcript of the interview given by Muhammad Abu Saada, a lecturer in International Law at the University of Palestine in Gaza, to PA TV:
PA TV host: "[Tzipi] Livni, the Israeli Minister of Justice, the head of the Israeli negotiating team, threatened President Abbas and said that if he continues to refuse to recognize the Jewish state and adheres to his positions, which are unacceptable to Israel and the world, he will pay the price. What price is Livni talking about?"
Muhammad Abu Saada, lecturer in International Law, University of Palestine, Gaza: "Livni is a Mossad officer... These threats must be taken seriously... Based on Livni's mentality and on an analysis of Livni's personality, could she do something stupid? And could her threat be carried out? The answer is yes. Why? First of all, Livni comes from a family that is extremely far-right... I want to remind so-called Minister Livni: Livni, the French government issued a warrant for your arrest in 1983. Why? Because at the time, Livni was a Mossad officer working as a maid in the home of an Iraqi nuclear scientist and she killed him with poison... Livni, in legal terminology, is a criminal. She has a criminal record. She is a murderer. She committed murder in 1983 and Britain issued a warrant for her arrest in 2009. Livni's personality has a criminal mentality of direct murder. Therefore, we must understand this [threat] on the personal level. Regarding the price, we're talking about two things. Either the price is President Mahmoud Abbas' life - this is one price."
PA TV host: "Like what happened to the late Yasser Arafat."
Muhammad Abu Saada: "Of course. The second price is the possibility of destroying the foundations and rule of Palestine headed by the President, in the political sense."
[Official PA TV, Jan. 30, 2014]