Israeli sources reported that Israel fears that the threat of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ resignation could be serious, this time.The sources reported that the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed their concerns over Abbas’s resignation this time.

Meanwhile, Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party and Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, hoped that Abbas holds up to his threats and resigns, saying that he constitutes the real obstacle in reaching a lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis.

Born in Moldova, Lieberman is one of the only foreign ministers in the world who does not live in territory officially recognized as his own country. Originally under suspicion over charges of money-laundering and bribery, Lieberman was formally indicted in December of 2012, on lesser charges of fraud and breach of trust.

Palestinian sources reported that Abbas expressed his intentions to resign and not run for the presidency of the PLO, which is expected to take place in mid-September, according to Al Ray.