Israel 'knows how to deal with boycotts', says Lieberman

FM brushes off Kerry's warnings

03 February, 17:08

    (ANSAmed) - JERUSALEM, FEBRUARY 3 - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that Israel had no reason to fear a recent warning by US Secretary of State John Kerry over more boycotts of the country's goods, noting that it had already been exposed to them several times throughout its history.

    ''There was a boycott in 1921 by the Arabs,'' he said, ''and then a French embargo'', noting that the country had dealt successfully with them in the past and would continue to do so. In speaking to local media, Lieberman took issue with an anonymous official from his ministry quoted by newspapers as saying that there was no way to stop boycotts against Israel and that political leaders were not up to dealing with the situation. The official, he said, had been identified and isolated several days ago. ''The Foreign Ministry,'' he continued, ''has drawn up a clear, detailed plan of how to deal with it'', and there is ''full coordination between ministries''. ''We should not downplay the issue,'' he said, ''but neither should we fall prey to hysteria. Everyone will see our approach within the next month.'' Kerry had warned Israel on Saturday in Munich that if peace talks with Palestinians were to fall through, there might be more boycotts against the country. (ANSAmed).

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